Postmodern architecture: from Las Vegas to Japan

Clos Pegase Winery (left) and Hyatt Regency Fukuoka (right) by Micheal Graves

Napa Valley, California, USA; and Fukuoka, Japan
1987 and 1993

Modern meets ancient Mediterranean architecture at this Michael Graves-designed Napa Valley winery. Wine lovers are greeted by an impressive terracotta-colored entrance portico supported by huge pillars. The winery, designed for winemaking and tasting, is accompanied by a residence commissioned by its founders, Mr. and Mrs. Jan Shrem, and also includes a “cave theater” excavated in the 1,858 m² caves.

Another great creation by Graves, The Hyatt Regency Fukuoka, holds a huge pyramid structure in the center, naturally lit from above and surrounded by a rotunda of hotel rooms. The facade of the building is clad with a glass curtain wall, which is a glazed layer over the prefabricated masonry grid. Inside, a large staircase under a gold leaf pavilion connects the levels of the building. In addition to the hotel, the building includes 11,000 m² of office space, conference rooms, lounges, restaurants, retail outlets and a wedding chapel.

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