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Award-winning IXSIR Winery, Lebanon


Matn-based architectural practice, Raed Abillama Architects, have completed the IXSIR Winery project. Completed in 2012, the winery was the winner of the Green Good Design Award in 2011. The winery can be found in Basbina, Jbeil, Lebanon.

According to the architects: “Integrated within the green thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, in a site that overlooks the northern coastal lines from its north-western edges, and the cedar lines from its south eastern stretch, the winery synthesises an old exciting resorted feudal house with the factory’s modern built structure. The initial approach focused on the complete symbiosis of the built with the natural.

“Visitors slowly discover the setting as a minimal intervention on the landscape. In return the sitting of the old house stretches above the winery roof to unify the architectural unravelling.

The whole building, including the cellar, the vats, the storage stacks, operation and management spaces can be found at the bottom of the house, which can be reached via a spiral staircase.

“The discovered underground space, adapts itself to a multivariate programme of vineyard culture and education. Once the sloped spaces flow into the factory sandwiched levels, the discovery of the wine making process exhibited, and experience through a sloped ramp, leads and defines the architectural experiences. The manufacture process is the built design.

“The choice of the prefab design, guided the speed of obstruction with arched shells for the cellar spaces and beams and slabs for the vat and operation spaces. The cellar spaces are completely buried within the ground as a thermal sponge, creating the needed equilibrium of temperature and humidity.

“The Vat spaces open up to the north-west to take in natural ventilation, critical to the verification process (CO2 emissions). The mechanical and management spaces top the factory spaces and control all exchange flows within the living machine.”

Images courtesy of Géraldine Bruneel and Joe Kesrouani ©

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July 1, 2013 | Property | View comments

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