Château Lafite Rothschild
Redesigning the wine cellar.
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 wine making 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 terror 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.
Because Architecture Matters
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
5 teams admitted to compete will be selected by the project owner, on the basis of their portfolio and a letter of motivation.
At the end of the first phase of the competition, only three teams will be designated finalists and invited to participate in the second phase.
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.
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), More than one stage (Winners selected after at least two selection phases)
Who can Participate
The competition is open to all French or foreign architects authorized to practice in France.
The integration to the team of partners with skills in structural engineering, fluid/thermal engineering, environmental quality, construction economics, is strongly recommended.
The integration to the teams of partners with skills in engineering and wine process is optional but can be useful for a good understanding of the stakes of the program by the teams.
For architectural agencies and/or consultants offices not based in France, partnerships with local agencies are strongly encouraged.
For architectural firms of national or international renown, partnerships with young, up-and-coming firms will be encouraged.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes October 30, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project March 26, 2021
Winners announcement Date April 2, 2021
Location of Competition
Location of Project (if developed)