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Oct 24, 2014
Life with Wine: Bordeaux
The Cité des Civilisations du Vin

vue-batiment-new4_400_01In recent years, many iconic Bordeaux châteaux have been restored by cutting edge architects, achieving a delicate balance between the aesthetics of timelessness and modernity. The elegant concrete curve designed by Christian de Portzamparc for the cellar roof at Château Cheval Blanc is a case in point.

Still, there is no doubt that Bordeaux’s biggest architectural draw will soon be La Cité des Civilisations du Vin. The museum promises to transform the city of Bordeaux’s waterfront the way the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao transformed the industrial Spanish harbor town.

Designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from the French firm XTU, the museum will be formed from two hundred thirty arches made of wood, glass and steel meant to evoke climbing vines and the movement wine makes as it swirls in a glass. Inside the museum there will be multi-sensory interactive activities that take visitors on a journey through the ever-evolving culture of wine. Permanent installations promise to include a Five Senses Buffet, Wall of Trends, Divine Wine, Art Wine and Eroticism and, of course, The Great Saga of Bordeaux. The Cité des Civilisations du Vin is scheduled to open in 2016.

Will you be visiting the Cité des Civilisations du Vin when it opens? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: La Cité des Civilisations du Vin

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Keywords: Bordeaux, Life with Wine, Christian de Portzamparc, Château Cheval Blanc, La Cité des Civilisations du Vin, Anouk Legendre, and Nicolas Desmazières, XTU
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