Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry. Château les Carmes Haut-Brion wine cellar

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The French designer Philippe Starck and the leading architect Luc Arsène-Henry created a new and spectacularly shaped cellar for the Bordeaux wine estate Château les Carmes Haut-Brion.

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As the wine estate is located near Bordeaux’s city centre, the main issue was to erect a cellar that would create the perfect environment for storing wine. This is the reason why Starck and Arsène-Henry created a partially submerged structure that enlarges underwater to make space for a vat house, several reception rooms and a barrel cellar.

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In order to preserve the temperature and create a sleek structure, Starck and Arsène-Henry used a knife blade shape clad on the surface with stainless steel panels.

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“As a blade fallen from the sky in a superb copse of tall trees on either side, flanked by vine-covered slopes, the new cellar distributes the four levels of various wine-making and reception areas. Free from any architectural gesture, it symbolizes the qualities of the wine that is made there: finesse and elegance,” said the architect Luc Arsène-Henry.

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Photo credits: Château les Carmes Haut-Brion

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