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.
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.
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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Project LeadersDominique Zentelin, Mathias Lukacs
On Site TeamJoan Tarragon, Delphine Isart, Claire Leroux, Thibault Fabre
Research TeamJoan Tarragon, Gaëlle Le Borgne, Stefania Maccagan, Cristina Sanchez, Sylvain Raillard, Maÿlis Fabre, Heiner Babon, Kathryn Frost,
Research OfficesSNC-Lavalin, RFR, Le Sommer Environnement
Olfactory DesignerR. Cahen
Sound DesignerCasso & Associes
ContractorsGTM Bâtiment Aquitaine, Coveris
On-Site TeamJoan Tarragon, Delphine Isart, Claire Leroux, Thibault Fabre