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The medieval commune St Emilion varieties the backdrop to a low-lying vineyard that British structure studio Foster + Partners has accomplished for French wine producer Le Dôme.


Hidden throughout the hills of Bordeaux, France, the Le Dôme vineyard was designed to enhance its rural winery environment.

Foster + Partners has created a vineyard near the St Emilion commune

Foster + Partners was commissioned for the challenge by Le Dôme proprietor Jonathan Maltus, who requested a “state of the art” wine manufacturing facility.

Maltus’ different requirement was that the vineyard celebrated its website and proximity to the previous city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates again to the Roman period.

Domed winery in French vineyards
The constructing is marked by a domed roof

“When Jonathan Maltus first approached us, he expressed a desire to create a distinctive new winery, set against the unique backdrop of St Emilion,” mentioned the studio’s founder Norman Foster.

“He wanted the building to be a celebration of the beautiful site, focussing on the views of the vineyard and making the landscape the primary protagonist in the design,” he defined.

Building with terracotta roof tiles
The vineyard is designed to enhance its environment

“The idea was to blend the building with its surroundings while creating a welcoming space for visitors and wine enthusiasts,” Foster added.

Le Dôme vineyard sits on the finish of a tree-lined avenue and is marked by a domed roof clad in recycled terracotta tiles.

Ramp outside Le Dôme
The constructing’s higher ground is lined with glazing

Inside, it includes two storeys, one in all which is partially buried within the panorama to minimise the construction’s general visible affect.

The vineyard’s decrease ground is solid from concrete and clad in timber, whereas the higher stage is lined with panoramic glazing that maximises views out and in of the constructing.

Foster + Partners designed a round plan for the constructing, which contains two ramps – one positioned externally and one internally.

The ramps information guests up by way of the constructing, permitting them to watch completely different phases of the wine-making course of, earlier than reaching the higher stage for a wine-tasting expertise.

Atrium of Le Dome
An atrium overlooks the wine-making services

Described by the studio because the “social heart of the building”, the higher stage is full with tables, a bar and leisure areas. Its glazed home windows additionally grant guests uninterrupted views of the vineyards and city past.

At the centre of the house is a round atrium that permits individuals to look down into the wine manufacturing and storage areas on the decrease ground.

Bar inside Le Dôme
The higher ground is used for wine tasting

The higher ground is full with a sequence of pared-back workplace pods for workers, that are enclosed by timber screens for acoustic and visible privateness.

These screens are complemented by the conch-like underside of the domed roof that can be crafted from timber.

Inside Le Dôme winery
The decrease stage is created from concrete

The roof construction, which is 40 metres vast, was developed in-house by Foster + Partners’ architectural and industrial design groups.

It makes use of a reciprocal body – a kind of self-supporting construction composed of sloping beams – which ensures the house is column-free.

Reciprocal frame roof structure
The roof incorporates a six-metre-wide oculus

The design of the twirling roof construction additionally offers rise to a six-metre-wide oculus at its centre, which floods the higher stage with daylight.

Le Dôme was one in all twelve buildings featured by Dezeen in its roundup of recent buildings to look out for in 2021. Other just lately accomplished initiatives on the record embrace a coastal library in China by MAD and SANAA’s revival of the La Samaritaine division retailer in France.

Winery interiors
The wine-making services are held on the decrease stage

Founded in 1967 by Norman Foster, Foster and Partners is a global structure studio with headquarters in London. The studio beforehand designed a glass-fronted vineyard on the historic Château Margaux wine property outdoors Bordeaux and a vineyard clad in weathering metal shingles in Spain.

In the UK, it’s at the moment designing The Kentish Wine Vault, which can characteristic a inexperienced roof that extends up from the panorama to assist disguise it.

The images is by Nigel Young.


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