Charles Smith Wines Jet City


Set at the end of Boeing Field’s runways with Mount Rainier as a dramatic backdrop, Charles Smith Wines Jet City reenvisions a former soda bottling plant as an urban-industrial winery, complete with tasting rooms where connoisseurs can sip wines while they take in the expansive views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Totaling 32,000 square feet, a two-story office building and steel-framed warehouse house the winery’s operations from first crush to final pour. This stunning adaptive reuse project features exposed wood and steel beams, polished concrete floors, furniture made from salvaged wood flooring, and an iconic, “floating” plate-steel staircase that links the first-floor lounge and second-floor tasting room. As the recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture’s 2017 International Architecture Award, Jet City flawlessly embraces and elevates its industrial heritage.

photography by Janette Ryan