In the heart of Beaune, Burgundy, La Maison is the cellar where Olivier Bernstein produces small quantities of prestigious Premiers and Grands Crus wines. The old building, made of local stone and oak wood, had long been used as a storage facility before Olivier Bernstein decided to turn it into a wine studio.
In the past, unwise interventions and a consequent bad distribution of loads had damaged the structure of the building and its intrinsic beauty. The aMDL project is an architectural and functional restoration of the wine cellar activities. The intervention lightens the floor slabs of the first and the second floor, vertically aligns the spaces around a central void, distributes the loads on the perimeter walls of the building and recovers the overall vision of the space. The result is an inner vertical open space with hidden corners. The structure of pillars and beams is in oak wood, a typical Burgundy material from which the barrels are made for aging the wine.
The beautiful sloping roof is a typical image of Burgundy that uses slate slabs, but because the old structure was heavily damaged it was necessary to remove all tiles from the roof, clean them and then reinstall on a new secondary structure, reconstructed in accordance with the historical form.
aMDL - Michele De Lucchi & Olivier Bernstein
aMDL PROJECT TEAM
Nicola Boccadoro, Silvia Figini, Nicola Maglione, Federico Perdon
Olivier Bernstein Premier & Grands Crus (general contractor); Hervé Lepagnier (carpenter); Marcial Michaux (mason); Franck Fortier (Electrician); James Chauvenet (roofer); Jean-Yves Bouillot (ironworks)
Olivier Bernstein Premier & Grands Crus
2015-2016 design; 2017 completion