Les Domaines Ott Château de Selle / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect | CFSA


© Dan Glasser

© Dan Glasser
  • Structure: Beccamel Mallard, Ingénérie 84
  • Landscape: Christophe Ponceau, Mélanie Drevet
  • Clients: Les Domaines Ott

© Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie

Text description provided by the architects. Building in stone implies carving a mountain, the result imposing and profound, creating a presence with self-evident materiality. On this site, near the Cistercian Abbaye du Thoronet, building with stone extracted from Roman quarries places the project in a temporality resonant with the landscape.


© Dan Glasser

© Dan Glasser

The stone blocks, mathematical, are one by one metres by fifty centimetres thick, and weigh exactly one metric ton. They rise in equilibrium ten metres high, twist and turn. The walls dilate, filigrees of pure weight in the sun.


Site Plan

Site Plan

The winery and visitor’s centre marks a new horizon in the Provençal landscape, a mineral presence anchored in the rolling vineyards overlooking the historic Chateau de Selle. Two walls in solid stone rise parallel to the road and wine terraces, the one curved to follow the speed of passing vehicles. The massive walls frame the winemaking process, sheltering the wine, work and visitors. The walls are both imposing and light, shifting as needed to become porous screens, providing views, access and ventilation.


© Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie

Section 01

Section 01

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© Hervé Abbadie

The building is partially sunk into the hill, a thermally inert emergence optimised for winemaking. The slope allows for a natural gravitational flow and a coherent linear process, visible from the public esplanade and reception areas overlooking the cask-room and steel tank hall.


© Dan Glasser

© Dan Glasser

The sun warms the surface of the stone, soft as sand. Visitors can measure themselves against the human scale of the blocks, close enough to be touched. It is a meeting of the senses. What remains are the pines, the vines and the mountain.


© Hervé Abbadie

© Hervé Abbadie

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