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La Tonnelle Wine Tasting Room Tucks Into the Terraced Cliffs of Switzerland
Posted By Andrew Michler On August 27, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
The design scheme integrates the tasting rooms into the land, emulating the rocky cliff where grape vines enjoy the warm and moisture-laden air. The multi-level building has few exterior clues as to its use. The concrete walls use a new system which emulates the aged character of the landscape. Local stone  is set in the concrete, and the surface is scratched before setting up to give the walls a rough, natural finish. This handmade exterior is a reflection of the copious stone work in the region.
La Tonnelle’s small entrance to the street opens to a blackened, minimally lit stairway. The narrow stairway and corridors, evocative of a cave or the path of a vineyard, open up to a daylit room ringed with shelves of wine . A smaller tasting room to the side is where the design comes together. The large windows are covered in a metal mesh screen  into which artist Daniel Schlaepfer  inserted thousands of golden metallic tiles that become a pixilated grapevine when viewed from a distance.
With the room’s interior lighting as a back drop, the screen becomes a prominent symbol of the building as it glows on the hillside in the evening. By day, the screen shimmers with a cool organic touch, softening the building’s blocky profile. The screen also adds intimacy to the tasting room and prevents the hot sun from overheating the space. Below is a small theater which presents the grape growing culture and history of the region.
+ Daniel Schlaepfer 
Via Architizer 
Photos © Thomas Jantscher 
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URLs in this post:
 Lavaux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavaux
 extends from the earth: http://inhabitat.com/the-pierre-a-breathtaking-hideaway-tucked-in-a-cluster-of-rock/
 Fournier-maccagnan Architecture: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/?search%5Bcategory%5D%5B0%5D=0&search%5Bextended_option%5D=1&sf=Architecture
 Local stone: http://inhabitat.com/enproyecto-arquitecturas-spanish-coastal-stone-cabin-holds-more-than-a-few-surprises/
 wine: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=winery
 metal mesh screen: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/shigeru-bans-metal-shutter-houses-now-complete/
 Daniel Schlaepfer: http://www.dschlaepfer.com/index2.php?chap=1&id_article=34
 + Fournier-maccagnan Architecture: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/?search%5Bcategory%5D%5B0%5D=0&search%5Bextended_option%5D=1&sf=Architecture
 + Daniel Schlaepfer: http://www.dschlaepfer.com/index2.php?chap=1&id_article=34
 Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/la-tonnelle/28394/
 Thomas Jantscher: http://www.jantscher.ch/web02e/index.cfm
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