Château La Coste, situated in one of the oldest winemaking regions of France, between the historic city of Aix-En- Provence and the Luberon National Park, announced the inauguration of a new Pavilion designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Conceived between 2010 and 2013, the pavilion is the final project drawn by Niemeyer and his last gift to France, a country close to his heart.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project. The location is very beautiful and a pleasant, peaceful environment. The pavilion had to be a light construction adapted to the landscape as well as the vegetation. The structure is at home in this setting and will be a joy to walk around.”
- Oscar Niemeyer
Set amongst a vineyard of Vermentino grapes, the new structure serves as an exhibition space and auditorium. Visitors start their journey via a curved, glazed elevation leading to a 380m2 gallery. Adjacent to this is a 140m2 cylindrical auditorium with a capacity of 80 seats.
The pavilion, with its organic, curved architecture reflects Niemeyer’s distinctive style and sits in perfect harmony with the surrounding vines and rolling Provençal hills. The striking glass façade gives the impression of the vineyard unfolding through the building, while the shallow pool at the entrance beautifully captures the interaction of light and reflection.
The pavilion project at Château La Coste was born in 2010 when Niemeyer was first invited to consider a design for this picturesque landscape in Provence. The architect loved the idea of creating something among the vineyards and considered wine as an important symbol of mankind’s presence on Earth. It took him more than a year to perfect the design and find a suitable site, and his team began technical visits in 2011.
All the photos ©Stéphane Aboudaram l WEARECONTENT(s), Courtesy of Château La Coste