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Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc

  • 01:00 - 9 December, 2013
Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer / Christian de Portzamparc
© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

© Erik Saillet © Erik Saillet © Max Botton © Erik Saillet +20

  • Landscape

    Méristème, Régis Guignard
  • Site Manager

    Olivier Chadebost,
  • Acoustics

    Point d’Orgue
  • Light

    Captain Spot, Jean-Bernard Favero-Longo, Aartill
  • Economist

    G.V. Ingénierie
© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

From the architect. With a view to improving wine production at Château Cheval Blanc, owners Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère asked Christian de Portzamparc to design a new winery. In this vineyard shaped by man over the centuries, the architect envisioned a winery shaped like a belvedere projecting out from the château and opening onto the beautiful landscape.
Based on discussions with the director of the Château, Pierre Lurton, who has extensive experience of wine-making in concrete vats, much appreciated at Cheval Blanc, the architect designed a curved vat shaped like a tasting glass to optimize oxygenation.

© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

Divided into 52 units with dimensions varying according to the vineyard plots, they provide a showcase for each vine, as requested by Pierre Lurton. No line here is superfluous: everything contributes to perfecting the wine-making process and the movements carried out in the winery: the geometry of the curved surfaces in molded concrete, the unique atmosphere created by the natural light descending earthwards, caressing the load-bearing shear wall surrounding the large concrete sculptures of the vat house.

© Erik Saillet
© Erik Saillet

The barrel winery below is like a crypt and has a totally different atmosphere, bordered by a brick moucharaby wall to facilitate natural ventilation.
Halfway between the interior and exterior, the winery is a place of transmutation and interaction with nature. This is where exceptional wine is made and where, through architecture, modernity meets centuries-old experience.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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the_Dude · December 10, 2013

Waow! What an addition, looks like a very nice conversion of a potentially "cheesy" concept into a beautiful piece of architecture, well done, looks great, and looks to also last in beauty over time…tD

Laszlo Kovacs · December 09, 2013

this is a true mastery of architecture. amazing work!


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