Rudy Ricciotti's Oenology Center wins SERCIB international architecture contest
The competition SERCIB launched in July 2012 to find exceptional architects for the redesign of its Oenology Centre has been won by Rudy Ricciotti, winner of the 2005 Grand Prix National d’Architecture . The competitors consisted of five personally invited French architects: Isabel Herault & Yves Arnod Architects; Massimilano Fuksas Architecture; Agence Rudy Ricciotti; Kuma & Associates Europe; and Gabor Mester De Parajd- Acmh.
The project will cover two towns, Roujan and Gambian, which are located in the South of France in a monument called the Chateau- Abbey of Cassan. The site dates back to the 18th century, and is a place of great historical importance.
Ricciotti’s project was chosen for its holistic and dream-like themes. The Oenology Centre will be a building created for research, wellbeing, fitness, and health in the workplace, named the Corporate Wellness Centre (CWC). The second part of the project is favoured for its natural thermal inertia, with the inclusion of a restaurant, an amphitheatre, a wine-tasting cellar, a hotel, and shop. It hopes to bring more tourism to the region offering a luxurious retreat.
The wine cellar will be buried underground with raw concrete walls and majestic vaulted ceilings, to evoke mystery and contribute to the urban requalification of the site. The hotel’s facades will be lush with vegetation that works to embody the country homes of the bourgeoisie in the Montpellier region in the 18th century. Water, light, and plants shape the project making it a discreet, enigmatic and understated project.