Without glass where would wine be?

We bottle wine and we drink it from glasses. Different wines need different glasses to fully appreciate the bouquet and wine maker’s art. So, it follows that the new Cite de Vin, the museum of wine in Bordeaux, would feature glass as one of its main architectural component.

The building which cost an estimated $81 million to complete, was designed by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières of XTU agency. The building is designed to represent wine in its various stages, from the organic interior which symbolises growing  vine stocks or the interior of a wine cave, to the exterior reminiscent of wine swirling in a glass.

Wine is liquid and glass before it cools is liquid and flowing. What better material to reflect the liquid nature of wine itself?

What excites us the most is the innovative design of the rooflights as well as the use of 900 perforated glass panels and 2,500 iridescent custom-printed aluminium panels that change the building’s appearance depending on the light and the time of day. The sky is essential to winemakng as it determines your harvest. Looking down at the building is both a revelation and also a concealment – the roof allows light in but conceals what’s below – protecting the harvest in the cellar if you like. When we think about rooflights – especially walk-on rooflights, the aim is to let in the light – but nothing else. We like to think our rooflight solutions also reflect this. Who sees out and who or what is allowed to see in or enter for that matter, is the basis of all good rooflight design. And glass can provide that beautiful but enforceable barrier.

For more on the Cite de Vin visit: http://www.laciteduvin.com/en

For information on the architects: http://www.x-tu.com/

For our own environmental rooflight solutions whether it’s your roof or the ceiling of your wine cellar visit our rooflight selection: https://www.visionagi.co.uk/products/

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