Foster + Partners just completed a new winery on the Château Margaux estate in Bordeaux. The project incorporates refurbished buildings, a large new vinery and Vinothèque and two-century old cellars. The new structures were inspired by the region's vernacular architecture, marked by tiled pitched roofs supported by wooden columns.
The new Nouveau Chai is dedicated to the production of both red and white wine and extends from the eastern wing of the nineteenth century complex. With its open enclosure, the structure houses a new research and development center nestled under a pitched roof supported by tree-like columns. The enclosure is punctuated by light wells which bring in natural light.
The 70-meter-long Vinothèque is buried under the vineyard and functions as an underground storage for the collection of Château Margaux bottles. The spaces is kept cool thanks to the high thermal mass of the concrete structure. With the introduction of the two new structure, the existing main winery can now be used solely for the production of red wine.
Several other existing spaces were redesigned to enhance the experience for guest taking a tour of the cellars. The Orangery is the oldest structure on the estate and the architects refurbished it in order to restore its original character and allow more natural light into the interior.