Created in 2018, Domaine Belargus is first and foremost the dream of a passionate person, which has become reality. At the origin of the project, the vision of a great wine lover, determined to give back its letters of nobility to a thousand-year-old vineyard. Nothing predestined Ivan Massonnat, fulfilled in his Parisian life, to become a winegrower, except his passion for wine, born in the Savoyard vineyards of his grandfather and released as an adult like a "Proust's madeleine".
After years of searching for the ideal vineyard, Ivan fell in love with Anjou and its great schist terroirs where Chenin, the emblematic grape variety of the Loire, expresses itself like nowhere else. Through successive encounters, he was able to build up a 24-hectare vineyard, which is now managed biodynamically. With Chenin as its only instrument, the Domaine explores the micro-terroirs of Anjou in a parcel-based approach inspired by the Burgundian "climats". Its name is that of an endemic blue butterfly: the Belargus.
Since its creation, Domaine Belargus has wanted to be part of the history of Anjou and the Layon valley. With this ambitious project, Ivan Massonnat is helping to restore the prestige of this thousand-year-old wine region.
The design of the current winery does not allow the estate's wine-making requirements to be met. The project will remedy this with the construction of a new 1000m2 cellar and the renovation of a 250m2 house and its outbuildings to house the estate's offices and common areas.
In keeping with its close relationship with nature, Domaine Belargus wanted a discreet winery, integrated into a clearing with century-old trees, and exemplary in environmental terms: bio-sourced materials, low energy consumption and reuse of resources on the site. This new place, sheltered from view and focused on the ageing of the wines, will allow the public to enjoy a unique visiting and tasting experience.
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an environmental commitment
Unlike other French wine regions, Anjou has managed to preserve its landscapes by maintaining a balance between vineyards and natural sites. The vines stand side by side with forests, hedges and waterways, creating a biodiversity that is rare in the world of wine, which obviously has an impact on the richness of the terroirs and the quality of the wines to which Belargus can lay claim. Protecting this environment is a crucial issue for the estate, which the project must address.
- Making the most of local resources, materials and know-how
The use of local materials and the reinterpretation of traditional construction methods are interesting design options for the project owner. They will enable the building and landscape context to be enhanced in order to fit intelligently into it. The estate is concerned about its environmental footprint and wishes to make the most of the by-products of its wine-making activity, reduce its water consumption, recover and store rainwater, and make the most of all the resources that can be recovered.
- Energy performance
Belargus aims to achieve the greatest possible energy autonomy. Intelligent design will minimise energy expenditure and use the most energy-efficient technologies.
- Carbon impact
Building less reduces the ecological and budgetary impact. The programme has therefore been designed to limit the project's surface area to a strict minimum by focusing on the sharing of spaces. The choice of materials will have to take into account their environmental impact throughout their life cycle (LCA principle) and the building's energy consumption from the construction site and throughout its operation will have to be optimised.
- Making the most of local resources, materials and know-how
the renaissance of chenin blanc and forgotten terroirs
In the 11th century, the hillsides of Anjou were planted with vines by religious orders. Chenin then reigned supreme (representing more than 80% of the vineyard) and, until the 19th century, Anjou wines were served on royal tables throughout Europe. A demanding grape variety that is difficult to master depending on the year, it gradually fell into disuse (representing around 20% of the current grape varieties) before regaining its letters of nobility at the beginning of the 2000s. On the 24 hectares of the Domaine, Chenin reigns unchallenged. It is the "instrument", allowing each parcel to be interpreted like a "score".
An emblematic grape variety of the entire region, it expresses the specificities and richness of the Anjou terroirs better than anywhere else. Not very aromatic, it is a real "passer de terroirs", capable of interpreting the subtleties of the plots from which it comes in a precise manner. It is also distinguished by its broad organoleptic palette, capable of producing wines of great complexity. Finally, it gives rise to wines, both dry and sweet, with excellent ageing potential.
The terroirs of Belargus are all nuggets of the Anjou Noir. Nestled between the Loire and its tributary the Layon, the vines of Domaine Belargus are spread over three main areas: Savennières, Quarts-de-Chaume and the Layon valley. These three islands are themselves composed of singular terroirs, precisely defined by their exposure, their subsoil and their slope.
an asserted identity, the construction of a place
The estate is not looking for image architecture or a visible signal from the vines. The bottles are the only communication tool of Belargus, because it is the wine that is its main concern, its priority and its identity. But the architecture of the new winery and its integration into the site will create a sacred place for wine, worthy of its surroundings, offering a memorable visiting and tasting experience.
The project will enable the estate to be a long-term success. The new winery will reflect the identity of Belargus for decades to come. It will be resilient, adapted to technical developments and sized to anticipate future needs. Its design will be closely linked to the functional needs of the cellar workers, with the aim of making the best possible wine.
How to register ?2
Create or complete your portfolio on BAM. A portfolio will have to be created for each member of the team (Architect, Landscape designer, Design Office, etc.) A maximum number of 6 projects (of which 2 may have not been executed) will be considered for each firm.3
- 2 to 4 teams allowed to compete will be selected by the client based on their application file.
- Each team allowed to compete will receive financial compensation of €35,000 excl. vat for its participation in the competition.
- Registration is free of charge until January 17th, 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC+1.
- The registration fees will then be 80 euros excluding VAT.
- The deadline for registration is January 31st, 2022.
- The competition is open to all French or foreign architects authorized to practice in France.
- The integration to the team of partners with skills in structural engineering, fluid/thermal engineering, environmental quality, construction economics, is strongly recommended.
- For architectural agencies and/or consultants offices not based in France, partnerships with local agencies are strongly encouraged.
- For architectural firms of national or international renown, partnerships with young, up-and-coming firms will be encouraged.
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The iXcampus project is part of a university development process for the area, orchestrated by the city and CY Cergy Paris Université, with the aim of welcoming 6,000 students, including those from Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Lycées International et Horticole. By 2024, in addition to the outdoor facilities that will give the campus a real identity, and a 5,000sqm underground parking lot to accommodate all the vehicles on the site, iXcampus plans to build two new buildings and raise an existing building:
The Northern Building - 12,000sqm
Inserted between the recently renovated 1950s building to the south and the wooded area along the RN13 to the north, the 12,000sqm building will include 1,500sqm of incubator space, 4,000sqm of business incubator space, a 500sqm digital FabLab, 1,200sqm of restaurant space, and 4,500sqm of space dedicated to a higher education institution.
These different programmatic entities will have to interact with each other by eliminating their borders to optimize human interaction. The building must be the breeding ground for synergies between companies, startups and students. As such, it is essential that it be scalable and allow for the adaptation of spaces as the occupants change.
The Eastern building - 3,000sqm
Located on the eastern tip of the site, between the RN13 and Rue de la Croix de Fer, this building of approximately 3000m² will be delivered as a bare plateau and will be able to accommodate one or more higher education and research establishments. It will be designed to function independently and ensure a certain permeability with the campus.
The extensions - 1,000sqm
Building A, the former headquarters of the Ford company, was recently renovated and now houses a 4,000m² business incubator as well as classes for the CY tech university in Cergy. The two east and west wings of the building are to be raised in order to extend the capacity of the incubator and to create the offices of iXcampus.
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