Yountville R+D

Project Desciption

Nestled within the scenic landscape of Napa Valley, the essence of Yountville R+D’s design draws inspiration from the distinctive forms and materials intrinsic to the region’s numerous wineries.

The synthesis of wood and stone creates an ambiance that embraces visitors with warmth and hospitality. The arched barrel vaults pay homage to neighboring wineries, evoking the graceful curvature of oak barrels used in the wine aging process. Inside, the interiors envelop patrons in opulent comfort, defined by the rich textures of wooden ceilings and a palette that interplays dark luxurious materials. The structural integrity of steel meets the elegance of a douglas fir ceiling, and the allure of walnut casework mingles with the earthy charm of brick flooring. This sensorial experience is amplified by the gentle infusion of natural light filtering in from multiple directions.

Innovative design elements manifest in the dining and outdoor bar areas, where windows have been thoughtfully crafted to seemingly vanish. Custom-painted steel-framed operable window systems pivot or slide, allowing the outdoors to seamlessly merge with the dining experience, enhancing the overall ambiance.

Positioned at the rear of a sprawling 1.8-acre site, the restaurant strategically capitalizes on panoramic vistas of nearby vineyards and the distant majesty of mountains. An elegant “Bosque” of trees creates a serene outdoor courtyard, enveloping the restaurant entry in tranquility and lending a harmonious backdrop to the dining experience.

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“R+D is inspired by California’s indoor/outdoor culture with spaces that are light filled and intimate in feel”





Location: Town of Yountville, California

Area: 5,772 sf

Design Team: David Thompson, Scott Walter, Gregory Marin

Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett

Photography: Augusta Quirk