Empty nesters Mary Rivet and Chris Meyer were ready for city living. In spring 2010 they sold their Lexington Victorian and shed most of its contents to move into a 2,100-square-foot condo in a high-rise overlooking Boston Common. The only potential obstacle to the couple’s minimalist dreams was Meyer’s wine collection. Looking for a creative approach to storing the wine, as well as ways to open up and light the space, they hired two firms to submit design concepts, with the understanding they’d choose the one they liked best.
Thomas White of Wayland-based ACTWO Architects nailed it, offering a solution that addressed all three concerns — an illuminated wall of wine with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that could accommodate almost 30 cases. “We could have proposed a separate wine room, but they wanted to open things up,” White says. “We realized that illuminating the bottles could be artistic, and decided to make a whole wall glow.”