Chateau Lynch-Bages Winery

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Others architectural projects
  • Company/Firm
    PEI Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Chien Chung Pei
  • Design Team
    Rossana Gutierrez de Lubetsky
  • Architect
    Atelier BPM - Associate Architect
  • Interior Designer
    PEI Architects
  • Const. Company
    General Contractor: GM Qualite , France (OPC Coordinator)
  • Photographer Credit
    Gabriel Guibert, Siegfried Ressel, Chateau Lynch Bages Winery
  • Location
    Pauillac, France
  • Client
    The Cazes Family
  • Project Date
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A winery with its origins dating back to 1749 was recently redesigned as a new and dramatic 150,700 ft² estate at the Chateau's historical hamlet. Previously, the winery was an ensemble of warehouse buildings clustered within the picturesque French winemaker village. The newly designed multi-use building maintains the same feeling, however, it now houses all wine making operations under one roof: the vinification, the wine barrel cellar, and the office headquarters. This complex now consists of three modern, state-of-the-art interconnected volumes: a large glass enclosure for the vat room flooded by natural light from an industrial-inspired saw tooth roof; an all-glass volume for the office wing, and a stone cladded rectangular volume houses the support areas. The vat room’s effective anti-UV glass and protective screen of metal mesh on the south side keep its interior naturally cool without air-conditioning, even in summer. The vinification operation areas are naturally ventilated and naturally lighted. Only the wine barrel cellar, the white making room, and the FML room are strictly temperature controlled. A glass-enclosed laboratory offers 360° views of the winery.

PEI Architects is an international architecture practice based in New York. Established in 1992 as Pei Partnership Architects, the firm was renamed in 2019 to better express the depth of its resources and reaffirm its commitment to enduring architecture of the highest quality. Founders Chien Chung and Li Chung Pei, sons of world renowned architect I. M. Pei, each bring over 40 years of professional experience in the design of complex building projects. PEI Architects’ hands-on approach is interdisciplinary. Building on their deep expertise in design, planning, technology, and interiors.