Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed this 17-unit market rate apartment complex in the Napa Valley to take advantage of the adjacent creek and existing vineyard on the site. The three buildings are arranged around a series of courtyards linked by a path that bisects the site and connects to the public walkway heading to downtown St. Helena. The units are mirror images of each other connected by common breezeways that group the unit entries along the central pathway and offer views through the buildings to the adjacent courtyard spaces. The siting of the buildings, with the porches facing to each side of the valley, takes advantage of the views out over the vineyards and landscape of date palm, live oak and fruit trees.
The project is designed to give common accessibility to all ground floor units from the central path that crosses through the breezeways of each of the units, while allowing the ground to slope away to the sides to give each unit a traditional raised porch. Mailboxes are gathered along the end of the main cross axis to reinforce the common nature of this central space. Fireplaces and chimneys are gathered to reinforce the central cross axis.
The pitched-roof buildings with columns and raised porches, are in keeping with traditional farmhouse vernacular architecture of the Napa Valley. Designed for affordability, apartments offer two master bedrooms per unit to appeal to a wide mix of renters.