Chateau Faugéres Winery
St. Emilion, France
At Faugéres we were asked to design a new fermentation tank building as an extension to the existing winery contiguous to the owner’s residence, sited on a low hill in the midst of the St. Emilion vineyard. In doing so it was our intention to reorganize the common space between the Chateau and the existing winery so that they would come together to form a typical “bastide”, a fortress like assemblage of buildings that are found throughout the region.
This 800 m2 extension to the winery responds to the site in two ways. On the one hand, the building creates an arcaded edge to a new garden courtyard contiguous to the Chateau, while on the other it presents a monumental façade to the exterior in scale with the vineyard. A large portico marks the harvest reception area and frames panoramic views of the vineyard from the visitor reception area located inside the new structure.
Although the structure was designed in accordance with the most up to date wine making technology, we endeavored to ensure that the new structure would harmonize with the architecture of the region and with the spectacular St. Emilion landscape. Building materials used throughout the complex include concrete, steel, wood and native quarried stone.