Project Spotlight: Popping Corks Over Winery Pivot Doors

Commercial | California

G3 Center Pivot Door

Les Girouard Architect


Solar Innovations® was approached to manufacture a pivot door for a chic and modern winery by a client wanting to offer customers a unique experience and entryway. The winery, tucked away in the Napa Valley, was designed with striking modern designs in mind, as well as to be LEED Gold certified. With experience in LEED Gold certification, as well as superiority in manufacturing, Solar was the obvious choice.


The pivot door acts as a unique doorway between the interior tasting room and an exterior seating area overlooking the vineyard. The “hinges,” also known as pins on a Solar Innovations® pivot door, are located at the top and bottom of the door frame, as opposed to the side, such as a traditional swing door setup. This unique pivot location and functionality allows for larger panels because only half of the door will take up “living space” on the interior or exterior of the room.

This particular pivot door includes a recessed sill, a three-point locking hardware system for increased security, as well as a door limiter and a door catch for improved performance. In this application, the pivot door has a center pivot point and is approximately 13 feet high and 10 feet wide. When the door is completely open, there is a five foot opening on either side for customers to enter and exit the room.

The winery is LEED Gold certified, and since Solar Innovations® products include environmentally sustainable materials, and our manufacturing facility itself is LEED Gold certified, the addition of this Solar pivot door assisted the winery with achieving several LEED points. Credits that we contributed to include: materials and resources credits 4.1 and 4.2, indoor environmental quality credit 4.1, and indoor environmental quality credit 8.1.