French Wine Civilizations Museum / XTU Architects

French Wine Civilizations Museum / XTU Architects

The Bordeaux Wine Museum’s wooden structure has been completed, the first step in an ambitious project slated to open in 2016. Designed by XTU Architects, and situated along the coast of the river Garonne in Bordeaux, France, the museum aims to stand as a beacon and “guardian angel” against the skyline of the riverbank. Inspired by the timeless spirit of French wine, the building forms flow in a continuous space without corners, evoking the circular motion that awakens a wine before tasting.

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Rendered Exterior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Exterior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Wooden Structure. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Wooden Structure. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects

The existing wooden structure is reminiscent of a field of vines, and will be enhanced by a wave-like façade. Its glass cladding will act as a constant reminder to visitors of the presence of both the river and the city.

Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of XTU Architects

XTU is heavily invested in urban agriculture and experimental research. The firm was featured in the Morocco Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale and selected to design the French Pavilion at the 2015 Expo Milano.

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  • Architects

  • Project Leaders

    Dominique Zentelin, Mathias Lukacs
  • On Site Team

    Joan Tarragon, Delphine Isart, Claire Leroux, Thibault Fabre
  • Research Team

    Joan Tarragon, Gaëlle Le Borgne, Stefania Maccagan, Cristina Sanchez, Sylvain Raillard, Maÿlis Fabre, Heiner Babon, Kathryn Frost,
  • Scenographer

    Casson Mann
  • Research Offices

    SNC-Lavalin, RFR, Le Sommer Environnement
  • Lighting Designer

    8’18’’
  • Acoustic Specialist

    Peutz
  • Signage

    Autobus Imperial
  • Programmer

    B. Mautin
  • Olfactory Designer

    R. Cahen
  • Sound Designer

    Casso & Cie
  • Contractors

    GTM Bâtiment Aquitaine, Coveris
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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Cite: Eric Oh. "French Wine Civilizations Museum / XTU Architects" 05 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/639279/xtu-s-french-wine-civilizations-museum-set-to-open-in-2016> ISSN 0719-8884

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