Clayton Korte

Clayton Korte

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Clayton & Little Receives a 2019 National AIA Small Projects Award

By Clayton Korte
Jul 1, '19 6:30 PM EST

TEXAS – June 4, 2019 – Clayton & Little (Austin and San Antonio) has been recognized with a 2019 National Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their Saxum Vineyards Equipment Barn located on Saxum Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.

The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is a simple agricultural structure that speaks to the winery's commitment to sustainability and subservience to the natural landscape. Off-the-grid and completely self-sustaining, the building is conceived as a modern pole barn, the reclaimed oil field pipe structure provides an armature for a photovoltaic roof and covered storage for equipment, workshop and maintenance space, and storage for livestock supplies. A laminated glass solar module system functions as both the primary roof and a renewable energy generator, merging two functions and offsetting any additional costs for energy generation. Minimalistic and salvaged materials were selected to withstand the particularly dry climate, for regional availability, long-term durability and to minimize the need for regular maintenance.

“The main design objective on this project was to create a product that simplified the daily user experience, created its own power and harvested enough to power the winery, strives for the balance between elegance and utility, and above all else was hyper-functional”.  Brian Korte, Partner at Clayton & Little

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Remarkable experiences result from a thorough response to sensory details beyond a building. Clayton & Little is an interdisciplinary design firm known for creating layered, coherent experiences by filtering context and intent to summon the richness of place. Though projects are diverse in style, type, and geography, an independent yet ever-gracious spirit animates them all. This intangible hallmark — Clayton & Little’s signature — reflects the firm’s values and its deep Texas roots.

Clayton & Little established its Austin office in 2005. In 2015, the firm expanded from Austin to San Antonio after completing several high-profile projects in the Alamo City. The second office joins more than 30 architects and designers with a long history of working together in the two cities while broadening the firm’s range of services to incorporate architecture, interior design, experience design, brand and identity. The beneficial exchange of ideas across the region has impacted locations outside of Texas; recent expansion includes projects in California, Hawaii, Maryland and beyond.

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