Château Lafite Rothschild
redesign of an exceptional cellar
registration open until november 4th, 2020
redesigning the wine cellar
Château Lafite Rothschild, whose vines have been historically established in Pauillac for centuries, has built its reputation on the excellence of its wine.
Today, the winemaking process and the spatial organization of the vineyard buildings need to be restructured to be more coherent, precise, and to respond to new environmental challenges.
In dialogue with the unique terroir facing it, the architectural project will aim to perpetuate the values of humility, respect for secular know-how, and protection of nature dear to Lafite.
The useful surface of the estate will be enlarged by 4500 m² and 6000 m² will be rehabilitated. The project will have to satisfy all the technical requirements of the vinification process and fit into the existing without ostentation.
Through this competition, Château Lafite Rothschild's ambition is to engage in a resilient approach. Preserving the environment is an obvious priority in order to maintain the quality of its wine.
An exceptional wine
perpetuate the lafite spirit
Lafite wine, even more than its Château, is a monument of French heritage. "Premier des premiers crus", its terroir is a natural and historical exception. This land, with its unique mineral qualities, and the ancestral know-how that has shaped it has built the reputation of its wines.
If the terroir is the main protagonist in the history of Lafite wine, each generation of the Rothschild family has contributed to its narrative, without ever succumbing to the effects of trend. Some winemakers families have been working there for several generations, ensuring the transmission of the traditions on which the Lafite spirit is based.
The Domaines Barons Rothschild (Lafite) owns vineyards on several continents but the heart of its history is Bordeaux. Owners of Château Lafite since 1868, five generations of the family have worked to perpetuate the know-how and tradition of this prestigious vineyard.
In 2018, Saskia de Rothschild succeeds her father Baron Eric de Rothschild at the head of the group. Through this competition, she wishes to adapt the winemaking areas to the new technical needs while keeping intact the emotion that emanates from the site.
redesigning the château lafite rothschild wine cellar
The project includes the restructuring and extension of the winemaking areas, with a surface area of approximately 10,500 m2.
It includes the rationalization of accesses and flows, particularly of grapes, and the creation of spaces as well as the installation of new equipment.
These objectives will have to be achieved in accordance with environmental principles that give priority to common sense, local and circular economy of means, and constructive intelligence rather than the multiplication of technical devices.
Understanding the site also means understanding the winemaking process and its constraints, as well as the singularities of Lafite: here, the hierarchy of spaces obeys more the historical dimension and the emotions they arouse than the pure logic of a winemaking site.
How to register ?
download the brief
Download the competition brief and receive detailed instructions on the application process.
Create or complete your BAM portfolio. A portofolio will have to be created for each member of the team (Architect, Interior Architect, Design Office, etc.).
Validate your application via the application form. Each team will have to write a letter of motivation.
November 4th 2020
November 2020 - announcement of the teams selected to compete
week of November 30th 2020 - the project site visit
January 18th and 19th 2021 - on-site presentation of the project proposals (phase 1)
January 22nd, 2021 - announcement of the 3 finalist teams
March 26th, 2021 - deadline for project submissionsMarch 29th and 30th 2021 - presentation of projects in the presence of the jury (phase 2)
April 2021 - announcement of the winning project
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is it mandatory to respond with specialized design offices or other consultants?
It is strongly recommended to partner with design offices with references in low carbon or high environmental performance constructions, in case the architects do not have any. The amount foreseen for the fees is specified in the regulations.
is it possible to attach a pdf portfolio to my application?
In the interest of fairness, portfolios in PDF format are not accepted. Only projects and items uploaded to the BAM portfolio will be analyzed.
can design offices or consultants create their portfolio on bam?
Yes, design offices or consultants can and must create their portfolio in the same way as architects, by selecting "Design Offices / Consultants" when creating the portfolio. References can be added by integrating photographs and graphics.
is it imperative for the architectural firm to work with a wine design office?
If the architectural firm does not have this competence and references in the construction of wine cellars, the association with a consultant or a wine design office can be valued as part of the application. It's not mandatory.
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