Sea Cider

A minimalist, rustic space created to celebrate community gatherings and the beauty of the orchard.

Sea Cider

Sea Cider is a farm-based cidery on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, surrounded by orchards and forest. After years of using a temporary tent for social gatherings, the client needed a new event space to host celebrations of all kinds, year-round.




Completed 2020


Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse


Saanich, Canada




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Exposed paired dimensional lumber trusses and overall soft white interior.

A large folding window provides a dramatic view of the orchard sloping toward the ocean and Mt. Baker, drawing the landscape into the interior of the event room.

Skylights provide natural lighting and a visual connection to the sky.

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Bringing a subtle sense of newness to a countryside classic.

To capture the natural setting of Sea Cider’s acreage, as well as meld any new designs with  that of the existing building, the Cascadia Architect team opted to take a refined approach in order to preserve a sense of classic, yet rustic tranquility.

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Our team developed a minimalist but inviting design that pairs alongside the existing working building next door, creating an airy space that mixes rustic charm with elegant simplicity.

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The sense of being in the garden under a glowing canopy was something the client loved about the tent, so we used carefully hidden lighting and skylights to invoke this same ethereal feeling.

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Exposed light-weight wood framing was chosen for the pavilion structure to evoke the working, functional character of the cidery barn. The concrete floor, warmed with integral radiant heating, combines high occupant comfort with durability and authenticity of materials, and together with careful organization of mechanical ventilation and electrical systems, creates a clean, minimalist interior that celebrates the wood structure.

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The large window at the end of the space overlooks lush orchards, and provides expansive views of both the Haro Strait and Mt. Baker beyond.

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The Team

Client Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Architect Cascadia Architects 

Contractor Durwest

Civil Engineer McElhanney Consulting Services

Structural Engineer Herold Engineering

Mechanical Engineer m3 Mechanical Consultants

Electrical Engineer AES Engineering

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