Château La Coste
The new pavilion at the fantastic Château La Coste vineyard, a number of kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, is a masterpiece, as undulating as an Alvar Aalto vase delicately set in the coronary heart of the vineyards. And for good cause: it's the last undertaking designed by the good Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in 2012. The curves of its long, curved glass façade seem to answer the curves of the rolling vineyards of this Provençal hillside, revealing giant sections of it by way of transparency, as does the cylindrical construction housing the adjoining auditorium, consistent with the sensual strains of the master of organic architecture. The immaculately white auditorium doesn't 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 massive water mirror that bathes the primary building of the estate, product of glass and concrete, designed by Tadao Ando, another grasp of purity and shimmer.
2750 Route de La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade