Growing a New Wine Tasting Experience

A new experience is taking shape in Oregon’s wine country. Nestled atop the Dundee Hills, Domaine Serene has begun construction on a new hospitality clubhouse that will transform this long-established winery. The Clubhouse at Domaine Serene will provide guests with a world-class winery experience. As the site planners and landscape architects, we are honored to assist owners Ken and Grace Evenstad in creating their legacy project.

Photo courtesy of Schommer & Sons

We are working closely with Waterleaf Architecture and Schommer & Sons Construction to position the new facilities within this dramatic landscape. Our design of the arrival sequence will create a sense of anticipation that culminates in a welcoming entry courtyard and a signature allee of Italian cypress trees. Terraces for wine tasting will wrap the clubhouse, offering spectacular panoramic views of the vineyards, the Dundee Hills, and the Cascade Mountains beyond.

Domaine Serene’s owners greatly value the property’s native white oak savanna and the habitat that it provides. The expansion affords an opportunity to preserve and restore a large tract of oaks, which, combined with other sustainable elements we’ve designed, heightens the site’s ecological sustainability. This is an important model for the region’s winemaking story.

The clubhouse will be complete in the summer of 2017. Until then, I am counting the days until I can sit on the terrace, take in the views, and enjoy a delicious glass of Evenstad Reserve pinot noir.

Posted: Feb 23, 2016
Written by: Brian Stuhr
Posted February 23, 2016
Written by: Brian Stuhr
Categories: PROJECTS 

Bicycle Tourism Gets a Boost in Oregon

Bicycle tourism is growing and generating “eye-opening” economic impact. Travel Oregon’s Bicycle Tourism Studio provides communities with planning and financial assistance to kick-start bicycle-based economic development. Mayer/Reed has been working with Travel Oregon to develop design strategies for bike and recreation-based place making, identity and wayfinding in places like Oakridge/West Fir, Mosier and Hood River.Bicycle Tourism signage Gorge HubsBicycle Tourism logo Gorge Hub

Recently we were commissioned to design a logo and style guide for the Gorge Hubs. These community-operated “rest stops” for hikers, bicyclists and recreationalists will provide support amenities while promoting exploration of local experiences. We dove deep to understand how to leverage the “hub” concept into a statewide program with coordinated marketing and signage applications. The logo creates an identity for welcome centers in 6 communities along the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail. The style guide addresses applications for signage, maps, print and digital media.

Exploring a New Angle

Here is a sneak peek at our pro bono design work for the 2015/2016 Season of Third Angle New Music.  This contemporary chamber music group launched its 31st season with a performance at the Alvar Aalto designed Mt. Angel Abbey Library on October 3rd and 4th.  Next up is the Reich-analia concert on January 30th with special guests Sō Percussion.

This season’s program design continues to explore the graphic representation of the intersection of new music, composition and collaboration across the dimensions of style, time and space in which the composers and performers are juxtaposed within the folding planes of a triangular grid.

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015
Written by: Michael Reed
Posted November 12, 2015
Written by: Michael Reed
Categories: PROJECTS 

MAX Orange Line East Segment Receives Highest Award from ASLA Oregon

Recognized for setting a new national model for light rail line design, the MAX Orange Line East Segment garnered the ASLA Oregon Chapter 2015 Design Awards top honor, the Award of Excellence. For this transportation infrastructure project, the jury appreciated the role of the landscape architects and a design approach that created a series of human-scaled spaces that weave into the communities. Mayer/Reed, Inc. and GreenWorks, PC, the two firms providing urban design and landscape architecture respectively, submitted the project jointly. ESA Vigil Agrimis provided wetlands and creek restoration on the project.
MAXOrangeLine_Tacoma19The Orange Line East Segment also received the People’s Choice Award, as selected by attendees of the awards ceremony held on October 23 at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

“The Award of Excellence was recognition that the jury considered deliberately. The criteria for this honor was established by the panel early in our discussions and adhered to strictly throughout the day. We established that the project should demonstrate the potential to have a profound and widespread impact, one that defines a cultural moment while setting a new standard. We believe the Max Orange Line project truly exhibits this potential—congratulations to this exceptional team and their exceptional effort.” Juror, Valerie Yaw, a principal at Bluegreen

Posted October 27, 2015
Written by: Mayer/Reed