The Howard Park cellar door is a must-see destination. As one of the foremost architectural buildings in the Margaret River wine region, it is worth visiting for its award-winning design alone.
Owners Jeff & Amy Burch wanted to celebrate an aesthetic of raw & natural materials, such as native timber, concrete, & steel, while envisioning a modern building created to grow old. The same concept is synonymous with crafting age-worthy wines.
For the design they enlisted the help from Feng Shui expert Professor Cheng Jian Jun and local consultant Adriana Fernandes Concalves.
The winery was commended for its architecture in the commercial category award by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2000, also judged among the nation’s top 12 buildings incorporating traditional Feng shui principles with a contemporary Australian aesthetic.
Specific design & orientation details were fine-tuned using Feng shui techniques, by author, architect & academic Professor Cheng, who has designed more than 10 traditional temples in China.
Some of the Feng shui considerations incorporated in the design:
- The building is positioned on the highest point of the Leston vineyard & aligned 0.5 degrees off magnetic north.
- The large jarrah front door was made to a specific measurement for good luck to flow through
- No sharp angles are present in the cellar door space.
- A balance of materials were used, including wood, concrete and stainless steel.
- Maximum light is achieved by large north-facing windows.
- An ancient Chinese instrument called the loupan was used on site, to take all earthly, human and heavenly elements into account.