The Ruinart champagne house has presented the plans for the Nicolas Ruinart Pavilion. This will be built opposite Ruinart's historic buildings in the Butte Saint-Nicaise park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. Named after the founder of the house, the contemporary building is at the centre of a new experience programme designed to promote wine tourism in Champagne.
The pavilion was designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. As Ruinart explains, its "simple construction is part of a responsible approach that is in line with the environmental concerns of the House of Ruinart". To achieve this, it uses local natural materials, insulation made from bio-based materials and a green roof.
Ruinart hopes to double its reception capacity with this "architectural gesture". The aim is to welcome 50,000 visitors a year by the 300th anniversary of the house in 2029, compared to 26,000 at present.
(al / Source: La Revue du Vin de France; Photo: Maison Ruinart)