Chateau Bachen Winery
Michel Guerard and his wife Christine Barthelemey were among the first clients of the newly established firm Architectes Associés, founded by architect’s Jean de Gastines and Patrick Dillon following Dillon’s departure from the Taller de Arquitectura in 1984. Guerard, an internationally acclaimed chef- inventor of “nouvelle cuisine”- and his wife had decided to plant a vineyard in the vicinity of their residence on the slopes of the Adour Valley in southern France and required that a production facility be built adjacent to the historic residential compound that they had painstakingly reconstructed over the previous ten years.
In deference to the residential compound, production facilities, including the barrel cellar, wine tasting room, bottle storage and garage, have been placed partially underground, opening onto a plaza five meters below the residential level. Only the fermentation room is located at the residential level, facilitating in this manner the integration of what is actually a large industrial complex into the intimately scaled residential complex. An open air theater built into the plaza opposite the main structure provides an ideal vantage point to observe harvest activities and is a transitional space between the winery and the vineyards.