Chateau Margaux Winery Building

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Chateau Margaux Winery

New Wine Producer Building and Restoration in France – design by Foster + Partners

page updated 21 Sep 2016 with larger images ; 15 Jun 2015

Château Margaux Winery

Design: Foster + Partners, architects

Launch of Foster + Partners’ new winery

Location: Château Margaux, France

Following a strategic masterplan, the practice has completed the first new visible building on the estate since the Château and the existing cellars were completed two hundred years ago.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

In addition to a large new winery in Château Margaux, the Nouveau Chai, the project includes a new Vinothèque, and the refurbishment of existing buildings and the historic Orangery – together, these provide state of the art facilities to support this leading wine producer in its continued quest for excellence.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

The Nouveau Chai is a new building for the production of both red and white wine, which extends from the eastern wing of the early nineteenth century complex, balancing the overall composition. Its highly flexible, open enclosure is shaped by the different winemaking processes and includes a new research and development centre.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

In its simplicity, the architecture reinterprets the region’s vernacular of tiled roofs and harmonises with the estate’s existing industrial buildings – the new building has a pitched roof at the same level, supported by tree-shaped load bearing columns and punctuated by light wells. The innovative structural solution was the result of teamwork between engineers and architects within the practice.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Buried beneath the vineyard to make the minimum intervention in the landscape is a new 70-metre-long Vinothèque. Located away from the flooding area, the new facility provides safe, environmentally stable underground storage at the heart of the estate for the collection of celebrated Château Margaux bottles. The thermal mass of the concrete structure helps to naturally regulate temperatures.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

With the addition of the Nouveau Chai and Vinothèque, there was an opportunity to utilise space in the existing winery – this building is now devoted entirely to the production of red wine.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

To maximise efficiency, areas such as the cooperage have been relocated, and the former vinothèque has once again become a barrel store.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Other spaces, such as the visitor walkway to the ageing cellars, have been refurbished to enhance the experience for guests. The central courtyard has also been redesigned to accommodate the installation of temporary equipment during the harvest season.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Located in the north of the site, the 640-square-metre Orangery – the oldest structure on the estate – has been completely refurbished. Over time, the historic building had been altered and its character lost. The recent additions have been removed and the fabric of the original structure has been restored.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

This has included revealing and opening up the large south-facing windows to create a light-filled winter garden, which provides a flexible space for events. The Orangery once again protects orange and lemon trees during the winter months, and at harvest time is used as a refectory.

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Lord Foster:
“As a lover of wine there is only one Château Margaux – it is a hallowed label. This design has been inspired by the character of the existing estate, and what Bernard Rudofsky called ‘architecture without architects’ – the vernacular architecture that embraces everything from windmills to bridges, and the wonderful heritage of the ‘big barn’.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

I have been fascinated by this anonymous tradition since my student days. At Margaux I was inspired by a communal lunch in the open space under the great roof of one of the structures during the grape harvesting. By investigating ruins elsewhere on the site it was possible to recycle enough tiles to create another major roof in the same vernacular.

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

The new winery is rooted in the technology of today and the best of these traditions – it is “of the place” in both the culture of the local architecture and the industry of wine making. In the overall picture of the Margaux Estate this approach ensures that the original Chateau of 1815 remains the architectural protagonist. At first glance there does not appear to be a new building. This is deliberate and it is only on closer inspection that the new addition is revealed.”

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Chateau Margaux Winery Building

Photography: Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Château Margaux Winery images / information from Foster + Partners

19th-century, neo-Palladian style villa, designed by Louis Combes, on a renowned wine estate.

Address: 33460 Margaux, France
Phone: +33 5 57 88 83 83


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