Le Pin Winery  Pomerol, France, 2011

© Marc De Blieck

© Marc De Blieck

© Marc De Blieck

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Program
Winery

Client
SCA Château Le Pin
Thienpondt

Location
Château du Pin, 33500 Pomerol
France

Date
2007 - 2011

Status
completed

Floor surface
780 sqm

Architects
Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Collaborators
Caroline Vanbiervliet
Kobe Van Praet

Structural Engineering
BAS Dirk Jaspaert

Services Engineering
Therminox

Landscape
Landcraft

Project Manager
Didier Lamouroux

The storehouse for wine barrels, the ‘Chai à barriques’, is entirely underground and is the heart of the building. This reduces the overall height of the building, which keeps its impact on the surroundings to a minimum.
Wine production is carried on in the ‘Cuvier ‘ on the ground floor, a functional area spanned by a vault of inclined roof planes. Light enters through windows at the corners. A separate tower houses a reception area, a small office and the vertical transport system for the barrels. The roof vault of the ‘Cuvier’ links up with this volume. This creates a covered outdoor area between them where grapes can be sorted at harvest time.