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Domaine Langlois Aka Pierre Cheval

Domaine Langlois Aka Pierre Cheval

Jean-Benoît Vétillard

Pierre-Arnaud Descotes Architectes
Hautvillers (51), France | View Map
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Rehabilitation of an old chapel, of its park and public space

Jean-Benoît Vétillard as Architects

The site that has been studied proposes a collection of characteristic architecture: the old chapel, the winery, the stairway, and the amphitheatre, presented all together as singular objects, archipelagos, in their natural context of an ancient orchard. 

These architectures own qualities related to the place where they are anchored, to their history, their traditional design and their hyper-materiality. The exceptionality of the place is also given from the numerousness of perspectives on the viticulture landscape and from the central position into the village. 

The connection between the objects and the context doesn’t exist anymore because of the different transformation that the site has suffered without any consultation. Therefore the complex has lost the relation with the site, its originally function, and the chapel is isolated from the rest of the site. The challenge of the project is to return to these entities their own visibility and their structural role in the village of Hautvillers. 

- The Chapel has refound its autonomy, some extension have been added in order to give them other usage (space banquets, kitchen, storing, toilets, winter garden). 

- The winery has been restructured, its new ground extends towards the square, and the fireplace is usable. 

- The border of the square has been treated, the extremities draw a seated that directs the gaze inside the plot, creating a visual connection with each one of the rectangle that compose the square. 

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