Thomas Architectes : Maison et chai

For the Reims agency Thomas Architects, last year was an excellent vintage. She presented a project as sweet as sparkling: the construction of a house and a winery, a balanced mix of wood and zinc, in Gueux (a small town located west of the City of Kings) in beautiful middle of a Champagne vineyard.

As for the vine, the choice of the ground prior to the construction of a house is decisive. It will influence the direction of the project, its volume and even the materials, in the same way that the soil has an impact on the taste and brightness of the grapes. Located in Gueux (51), this realization delivered in 2017 by the agency Thomas Architects does not escape the rule.

Thus, everything starts when the owner of this rectangular plot - extended to the south by his own vineyards spread over the Montagne de Reims and bounded on the north by an existing wall - asks the architect Jean Philippe Thomas and his team to build on this fertile ground a house and a cellar. Naturally, the designers decide "To play the discretion side street to open up south to the vineyards". In fact, the two L-shaped volumes are arranged like the two wings of a castle, separated by a courtyard extended by a garden. In prefabricated wood structure, which "Allows very good insulation performance and airtightness", they have on the outside a zinc envelope completed by a cladding as woody as their skeleton, facilitating the integration of the project in its environment.


Unsurprisingly, the distribution of the rooms also stems from the orientation of the realization: the three rooms and the stay are turned towards the south to enjoy "A favorable exposure and a remarkable view thanks to the large windows. Protected from overheating in summer by the overhangs of the roof, they extend outwards through a terrace », add the designers. Inside, the large volumes emphasized by the purity of the materials and colors - white walls, smooth concrete for the floor and ceilings clad in wooden strips highlighting the two-sided roof - complete this sober and efficient wine table, as pleasant for the eye that sparkling nectar produced here is for the palate ...

To learn more, visit the site of Thomas Architects

Photographs: Benoit Bost

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