Château Lafite Rothschild / Redesign of an exceptional cellar

Through this competition, the Château ambition is to engage in a resilient approach. Preserving the environment is an obvious priority in order to maintain the quality of its wine.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, RfQ, Restricted, Three-Stage, Onymous
Genre Factory, Landscape, Redevelopment
Country France
RegDeadline 30 October 2020 GoogleCal iCal
30 October 2020 (via Online)
Eligibility All French or foreign architects authorized to practice in France

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.
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.

Not yet announced

Each team admitted to compete will be compensated up to 15 000€ HT for its participation in the first phase of the competition. An additional indemnity of 20 000€HT will be awarded to the teams admitted to participate in the second phase, a total of 35 000€ HT per finalist team.

Entry Fee
Free of charge until October 23rd at 8pm (Paris Time)
After this date will have to pay a late registration fee of 100 € incl VAT

announcement of the teams selected to compete: November 2020
the project site visit: week of November 30th 2020
on-site presentation of the project proposals (phase 1): January 18th and 19th 2021
announcement of the 3 finalist teams: January 22nd, 2021
deadline for project submissions: March 26th, 2021
presentation of projects in the presence of the jury (phase 2): March 29th and 30th 2021
announcement of the winning project: April 2021

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