Built in nature: IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

‘A living spine of revealed processes and experiences, all related to the fascinating methods of wine making, debuts from within the existing 140 year old house and flows within the layered functional spaces of the wine factory as an exhibited living wine making body.’

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

IXSIR Winery contains an old feudal mansion as well as a modern extension, both in complete harmony in the thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, in Lebanon. A fascinating project that is situated in the middle of a dramatic natural landscape that successfully merges the local culture wine-making, the flair of architectural vernacular along with modern day technology and contemporary design.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

Raed Abillama Architect’s refined and sensitive design approach concerning the existing building results to a harmonious symbiosis between the newly built, the old and the natural. IXSIR Winery is formed out of a series of different buildings and spaces; a territorial composition that suggests a journey through diverse environments, rooms of distinctive aesthetic and poignant atmospheres.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

The winery incorporates various different areas, ranging from wine-making facilities, offices / meeting rooms, a restaurant and a wine boutique among others. The visitor is encouraged to engage with an environment that is truly invigorating, rich in history and fully embrace the  fascinating art oenology.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

The discovered underground space, adapts itself to a wide-ranging program of vineyard culture and education. The sloped spaces flow into the factory levels where the discovery of the wine making process is exhibited. The visitor’s journey inside the space starts through a sloped ramp that leads and defines the architectural experience.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

The new structure is a purely functional expression of an “assemblage” of load bearing precast elements and cast in situ ones. The newly built concrete additions evoke a feeling of rawness, exhibiting a sense of honesty and simplicity that allows the visitors to fully immerse into the world  of wine making.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

The cellar spaces are completely buried within the ground acting as a thermal sponge, while they create the essential equilibrium of temperature and humidity.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel © Joe Kesrouani

IXSIR Winery is without a doubt a great example of how to join together the old and the new; the man-built and the natural. In this building Raed Abillama Architects have created spaces that maintain the local history and legacy of wine making while they embrace the needs and technology of a contemporary winery.

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

 IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

 IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

IXSIR Winery by Raed Abillama Architects

© Raed Abillama Architects

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 

 


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