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Château Lynch-Bages

Prize(s) Winners in Industrial Design
Company George Sexton Associates, LLC
Lead Designers George Sexton Associates, LLC
Other Designer's names George S. Sexton, III, IES, IALD, Joseph Geitner, Edward Sampson, Marie Seeland
Architecture Company PEI Partnership Architects, LLP
Client Jean-Charles Cazes and Chateau Lynch Bages SA
Photo Credits Gabriel Guibert, Siegfried Ressel
Completion Date 09/01/2020
Project Location Pauillac, France
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Entry Description
Château Lynch-Bages winery has been in business in Pauillac, Bordeaux, since 1749. During the renovation, the designers were aware that lighting has to work in terms of production and simultaneously support the messaging of the brand. The main facade was designed to face into the village, where visitors can see through the tasting room and into the double height vat room where the wine is produced. The room is flooded by daylight and supplemented with direct task lighting.
The new facility uses a gravity system to move wine from the vat room into the caveau below, where the barrels of wine are stored. The perimeter fair-faced concrete walls are washed with continuous linear grazers and the metal mesh ceiling is indirectly illuminated to provide an overall volumetric light which interacts with the semi-specular mesh to create sparkle and visual delight.
The facility combines traditional wine-making techniques with state-of-the-art technology. Illumination is critical to the production of the wine, quality assurance, and safety of the production team. Welcoming visitors has been an owners’ tradition and the lighting of the new building shapes and enhances the visitor experience.
Company Description
George Sexton Associates is a full-service global architectural lighting design firm. We bring our broad experience in problem solving skills with creativity to integrate lighting that is budget minded and environmentally sensitive. We are team directed and bring a full range of technical expertise in solving artificial lighting and natural lighting challenges.