architect_ H2O architectes
collaborators_ Cavinet Virtz
location_ Mondragon, France
construction supervisor_ Nicolas Rappez
construction year_ December 2013
area_ SHAB 58 m 2
_ 110 000  €  HT
photography_ Julien Attard

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A pavilion for a wine-grower slides into the landscape

The unique domaine La Cabotte is located on a hillside surrounded by vineyards and woods looking at the Mont Ventoux appearing on the horizon. The domaine is strongly involved in the respectfull terroir farming and wishes to reunite in one same place three functions: a place to welcome visitors with a space dedicated to wine-tasting, an office and washrooms for the wine growers.

The office decided to take into account two elements to best respond to the above programme : the presence of the landscape and an evocation of the local vernacular architecture.

The project is based on a star-plan with three branches, each one corresponding to one of the functions listed above. The structure and the wooden envelope include the furniture elements for the wine-tasting space and the office. This gives a real thickness to the walls and recalls the original constructive principles of the “cabotte”.

The unusual plan allows for a central area or core from which the office suggested, thanks to wide openings, a double orientation onto the landscape. These openings frame and dramatize the important elements of the geography (vineyards, Mont Ventoux etc.).

The pleasure of the palet is thus associated to the surrounding landscape. From the outside, the volume has a traditional double-sloping roof for each branch of the building. There is a contemporary touch in the play between the line of the roof and the line of the wall which don’t always overlap in the same place.

There is a palpable tension between the volumes and the landscape. The « cabotte » is simply resting there amongst the vines….The addition of “feet” to two of the three volumes corrects the slight slope of the ground.


-The project is a timber frame (floor, framing, roofing, walls) and wood cladding.
– All structural elements are made ​​of solid wood (variety douglas wood) and laminated timber (also variety douglas wood).
– Floor I wood beam comes from France Poutre.
– Shear wall and roof panels are made of wood oriented strand board (OSB)
– The floor insulation is made of blown cellulose wadding (40cm thickness)
– The roof and wall insulation are made of cellulose wadding (40cm for the roof and 22cm for the walls)
– The cladding (roof and walls) is made of Larch (2,2cm thickness and 14cm width).

All wood implemented on the construction site comes from Savoie region in France.

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