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.
SCA Château Le Pin (Thienpont)
Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem, Caroline Vanbiervliet, Kobe Van Praet
BAS (Dirk Jaspaert)