December 8, 2020 – 2020 Best of Design Award for Interior—Residential: Hill Country Wine Cave. Located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, this private wine cave is embedded in a solid limestone hillside. The unassuming entry court reveals a bit of mystery belying the space within, camouflaged at the approach by limestone boulders collected from the excavation and lush vegetation. The opening of the cave is capped with a board-formed concrete portal, meant to weather naturally, molded to the irregular surfaces of the limestone and retaining the mouth of the earth cut. A tasting lounge, bar, wine cellar, and restroom are all tucked into an 18-foot-tall, 70-foot-deep tunnel. Sitting under the arch at the back of the cave, the private cellar provides storage for 4,000 bottles.

Presenting the 2020 AN Best of Design Awards winners, part 2