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Château La Coste

The new pavilion at the wonderful Château La Coste winery, a few kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, is a masterpiece, as undulating as an Alvar Aalto vase delicately set in the heart of the vineyards. And for good reason: it is the last project designed by the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in 2012. The curves of its long, curved glass façade seem to respond to the curves of the rolling vineyards of this Provençal hillside, revealing large sections of it through transparency, as does the cylindrical structure housing the adjoining auditorium, in keeping with the sensual lines of the master of organic architecture. The immaculately white auditorium does not stand out from the sail on the roof of the pavilion designed by Renzo Piano, while the water basin that borders its entrance echoes the large water mirror that bathes the main building of the estate, made of glass and concrete, designed by Tadao Ando, another master of purity and shimmer.

Château Lacoste 

2750 Route de La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

Stéphanie Dulout