Robbrecht & Daem’s building in the flat vineyards of Pomerol in the Gironde valley is built both above and below ground, the latter area providing a cellar for the wine barrels. At first glance, the structure is a simple and well-engineered barn with a tower that accommodates offices and a reception. It is only at a second glance that the viewer discerns the incisions and inclinations in the shape of the tower and the roof, the latter offering an indication of the shallow concrete vaults of he cuvier for the wine production on the ground floor.
Author: Christoph Grafe. This text has been published in the Architecture Review Flanders N°11. Embedded Architecture.