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Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte : Chai des Domaines Ott

At the heart of the Côtes-de-Provence, between pines, vineyards and mountains, is the new cellar of Domaines Ott, directed by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect. An architecture that, beyond its vernacular references, intervenes in the process of winemaking.

Dominating the horizon, the building of 4 200 square meters consists of a massive parallelepiped of 95 meters long by 30 wide, one of whose longitudinal facades forms a rounded, in response to the curves of the road it runs along . Its counterpart, located in the north-west, faces the hillsides and sunny terraces. It is organized in three parts arranged in a row from north to south: a reception area with offices and reception area and tasting; a double-height production area with impressive fermentation tanks and a large storage area; and a courtyard for deliveries, camouflaged behind a mineral box that is part of the continuity of the building.

Echoing the regional architectural heritage in stone, the master of the work, a specialist of the material, realizes a 10 high wall enclosure made up of monumental and self-supporting limestone blocks (100 x 100 x 50 centimeters, for a total weight of one ton), extracted in a local quarry.
The checkered layout or vertical blades of these masses, in front of large picture windows, allows to filter the sunlight to limit the overheating and to protect the precious bread sensitive to the variations of temperature, while creating dim lighting.

The winegrowing building maintains a strong relation with its site, of which it marries the slope and in which it is partially buried. The stepped arrangement of the two lower levels has the effect of making the construction thermally stable but also accompanying the process of vinification by simple action of gravity: the result of the grape harvest passes from the cuvons to the vats, without pump of raising nor crossing of flow.

The building puts our taste buds on the alert while enjoying an unrestricted view of the vineyards.

Project title : Chai Domaines Ott
City, Country: Taradeau (83)
Project ownership: The Ott Domains
Mastery of work : Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect (agent) and Ducoin Group Wine Engineering (partner)
Area : 4 200 m2
Cost of works: 7 100 000 € HT
Calendar : 2017 delivery

Photographs: Hervé Abbadie and Dan Glasser

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in Special Awards category - Architecture and Landscape

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et the Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte

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