A Philippe Starck wine cellar unlike any other

A Philippe Starck wine cellar unlike any other

Architectural wonder

Text: Gwen Ong

Image: Design Boom
Image: Philippe Labegurie / Château les Carmes Haut-Brion

The French designer teams up with architect Luc Arsène-Henry for this masterpiece

It looks futuristic and rather peculiar; something you wouldn't be surprised to learn comes from the mind of Philippe Starck. Together with Luc Arsène-Henry, he has designed a wine cellar that looks like a metal blade plunged in the water for Château les Carmes Haut-Brion.

The structure is surrounded by a manmade lake to optimise the environmental conditions and allow the wine to tolerate any temperature or season without being affected.  

The design team used concrete, glass and metal for the 2,000 square metres cellar. It has three storeys – one submerged underwater and two above ground. 

Starting on the lower level is the barrel cellar, next is the vat room to hold large wine containers while a tasting room on the top floor leads up to the roof terrace overlooking the vineyards. It's a pretty modern reinterpretation of a traditional wine cellar. 


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