Foster + Partners inaugurates Le Dôme, a sustainable winery in the Bordeaux vineyards

Bordeaux, with the whole wine region that surrounds it, is a must-see destination for wine lovers. One more reason to visit it is the new cellar The dome, inaugurated in autumn in Saint Emilion is the company Foster + Partners. A real dome immersed in the vineyards, halfway between a winery and a theater that stages the great wine show.

“When Jonathan Maltus (the commissioning oenologist, Ed) contacted us for the first time, he expressed his desire to create a new distinctive winery, set in the unique setting of Saint-Émilion”, he says Norman Foster. “He wanted the building to be a celebration of the beautiful site, focusing on the vineyard views and making the landscape the main protagonist of the project. The idea was to blend the building with its surroundings, creating a welcoming space for visitors and wine enthusiasts».

And so it was. The structure develops on two levels, in a perfect balance between inside and outside. Access is by going along a long tree-lined avenue which leads to two ramps: the outlet of both is up an upstairs gallery where tastings are held. Here, to welcome visitors, a refined wine bar, furnished with sinuous maxi-sofas and armchairs in cognac-colored leather, and large windows from which to enjoy the 360-degree view of the vineyards.

Foto Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Inside of, a circular atrium allows you to observe from above the spaces below reserved for the production and storage of wine, giving an overall view made even more spectacular by thecentral eye on the roof, which provides natural light throughout the year, thus minimizing the need for artificial lighting.

The attention to the territory in this project can be understood not only in the exaltation of UNESCO Heritage panorama and in the mutual exchange between inside and outside: concepts, materials and architectural solutions have also taken into account the environmental impact. The partially underground building benefits from the thermal mass of the soil to minimize energy consumption. The roof tiles are recycled, while its structure is made of laminated wood with a domed solution that provides carbon offsets and required minimal energy consumption thanks to on-site assembly. A rainwater tank has been provided for irrigation of the surrounding vineyards and for cleaning operations.

Jonathan Maltus, owner of Le Dôme, says: «When I met Norman Foster for the first time in Madrid we talked for more than an hour and a half about what we needed from the project. What we see now, and which fills us with pride, comes directly from the page he drew in his notebook in front of me. ” As if to say that the project certainly needed a good dose of pragmatism to be realized, but it is the vision from which it started that makes it special.

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