My clients asked me to design an area to store their wine inside their corner unit on the 28th floor of The Spire building, in downtown Denver. I found the wine racking system locally here in Denver. VintageView; a Denver based wine cellar company provided the interior racking system. None of their standard units were perfect for our application, so they made a custom rack for us and delivered it directly to the building. The sides of the racking system are made out of a high quality clear acrylic that is 3/4" thick. Each rod is polished stainless steel. In all, the unit weighs in at over 250lbs and is extremely sturdy. It is a free standing system that can be placed anywhere. We chose to enclose the 350 bottle capacity wine rack with a custom glass surround. 1/2" industrial grade tempered glass was used and we worked with Denver Glass Interiors to create the finished product. Not shown in this photo: LED lights are strategically placed along the floor. They shine upward - creating a really unique effect for entertaining.
I know what you're thinking - with all that light, it's really going to mess with the wine! AHH HAAA - I brought in a special commercial window tinting specialist to advise on this. As it turns out, the windows in this LEED certified building are all super Low E...meaning they block 99% of all UV rays, and a lot of the heat. Also - the patio of the unit above this apartment casts a year long shadow over the windowed area where we installed the glass enclosure. But just to be sure, the homeowners also had auto-blinds installed behind the wine rack. The blinds are operated by remote control and can be closed in any situation where directly sunlight makes its way into the apartment.
I think this wine enclosure is awesome. It was the first one I had ever designed and I think that it turned out amazing. I can easily see using this version or a modified version of it (possibly temperature controlled) in any wine enthusiast's home.