architecture competition winery renovation & extension

Call for Entries: Domaine de Beaucastel Winery

Submission: June 30, 2018
Registration:  March 12, 2018
Language: English
Location: Courthézon, France
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


A few kilometers at the South East of Orange, in the municipality of Courthézon, the Château de Beaucastel vineyard spreads over 130 hectares. The vineyard, where legendary wines are produced, is the jewel of the Perrin Family, already famous among wine lovers in France and worldwide.

The castle has kept extending since the mansion was built by Pierre de Beaucastel at the heart of the estate, in the XVIIth century. Various extensions were made in order to suit the owners’ needs along time until the castle got its actual shape. This composite assembly includes buildings whose architectural quality is not always consistent with that of the wines stored therein.

Considering this situation, the Perrin Family, motivated by a need for space linked with the development of their business, wishes to take advantage of this need to extend the estate in order to consider an overall renovation project.

This architectural competition is organized in order to entrust the Château de Beaucastel renovation project to an architecture firm chosen not due to its reputation but for the quality of its proposal.

One of the major challenges of the architectural project is to embody the Perrin family’s values in Beaucastel so that they are understood by visitors and an everyday concern for people who work there. These values are already expressed in the wines produced at Beaucastel but the aim is to make the architecture of the “Perrin family’s jewel” consistent with its product.

Therefore, this competition is not a simple occasion of imagining a new extension for Beaucastel winery. It is mainly an opportunity for immersion into the Perrin family’s world, to understand their values and work methods in which relationship with the country is of utmost importance. The competition aims at designing a project embodying these values, whilst offering smart solutions with regard to site-specific difficulties and program requirements.

Go to the competition’s website