▼起泡酒展示区概览，the display of sparking wine
A new-world outpost of the global Moët Hennessy sparkling wine house, a subsidiary of LVMH, Domaine Chandon has been making superlative méthode traditionelle sparkling wine in the crisp, verdant Yarra Valley for over thirty years.Our brief was to overhaul the site and create a new brand- immersion across bar, dining, tasting and retail spaces. Inspired by the uplifting ritual of spontaneously popping the cork, we’ve celebrated heritage with a fresh affair fit for the 21st century. Views of the incredible surrounding landscape were a natural starting point for considering the visitor experience, the range of which will traverse loyalists and locals, diehard food and wine thrill- seekers, ‘gramming millennials and new discoverers alike. Fearless application of colour reflects the extraordinary tonal shifts in the environs throughout the seasons.
▼酒庄入口处的品酒区，tasting area near the entrance of Domaine Chandon ©Tom Blachford
▼设计师采用符合21世纪的装饰来呈现酒庄历史，the designer celebrated heritage with a fresh affair fit for the 21st century ©Tom Blachford
▼品酒区吧台，the bar in tasting area ©Tom Blachford
▼大胆的色彩运用，fearless application of colour ©Tom Blachford
▼空间保留了原有的拱形结构，the space retained the existing vaulted ceilings ©Tom Blachford
Budget management required that the existing 1980s industrial structure – a voluminous space between vaulted ceilings and hard surfaces – be retained. As such, subtle acoustic treatment was imperative and the interior architecture was integrated through bold design gestures. The idea of alchemy was fundamental to our conceptual approach. The transformation of ordinary base metals into gold: what better metaphor for the magical production of sparkling wine? We explored the ways in which materials react to the passing of time, to various processes and to each other. The results of our investigations are reflected in the application of different metals and metal finish treatments. Similarly, the process of transformation in winemaking informed the design of each space. ‘Compression/Release’ is revealed in enclosed, intimate spaces – the Tasting Room for example – and airy, exuberant zones, like the Lounge Bar. Open, woven materials are juxtaposed with the solidity of weighty, opaque substances to allude to the duality of density and lightness in sparkling wine.
▼品酒区对面的酒廊，the Lounge bar opposites the tasting area ©Tom Blachford
▼透气性编织材料与厚重不透明的材料并置，暗示起泡酒厚重与轻盈的双重性，open, woven materials are juxtaposed with the solidity of weighty, opaque substances to allude to the duality of density and lightness in sparkling wine ©Tom Blachford
The pièce de résistance – a large, ethereal mobile hanging over the central raised banquette – was developed in collaboration with local metal craftspeople. Dynamic, buoyant and delicately weighted, this suspended kinetic sculpture gently bobs to the rhythm of the bar and projects a sparkling patina, a playful take on the unpredictable nature of bubbles.
▼长椅区上方悬挂着一个可移动的漂浮装置，a large, ethereal mobile hanging over the central raised banquette ©Tom Blachford
▼空间呈现出设计师对不同金属的应用和处理，reflected in the application of different metals and metal finish treatments ©Tom Blachford
▼酒廊吧台，lounge bar area ©Tom Blachford
A critical component of the brief to resolve – and central to the design and layout of our scheme – was the retail space. We worked closely with local fibreglass and metalwork manufacturers to realise our product display system, installing bespoke, sculptural joinery, portable plinths and framed, up-lit fibreglass screens for product storage and display. Exceeding key aspects of the client’s brief, which entailed the creation of a unique and dynamic retail experience, their product is now showcased in a creative setting that elevates the retail experience to the highest standard.
▼与酒廊连接的零售区，the retail connected to the lounge ©Tom Blachford
▼金属网包围的楼梯，the stairs enclosure by metal nets ©Tom Blachford
▼玻璃纤维、金属制品、雕塑般的细木工制品构成充满创意的展示系统， fibreglass, metalwork, sculptural joinery realize the creative display system ©Tom Blachford
▼展示区背后的卡座，the booth behind display base ©Tom Blachford
▼框架式用于储藏和展示的高亮度玻璃纤维屏，framed, up-lit fibreglass screens for product storage and display ©Tom Blachford
These ideas were also rendered in a style that pays homage to Chandon’s French heritage, while retaining a youthfulness that speaks to its relatively recent establishment within the Champagne house’s lineage. Banquettes upholstered in aged leather and velvet, with brass light fittings, suggest a Parisian bistro aesthetic. While we often look internationally and through time for inspiration, we always aim to celebrate and work with local materiality and makers. Spotted Gum timber flooring and joinery adds a soft character and warmth against the remarkable textured patterning of Queensland ‘Dreamtime’ marble and printed textiles by indigenous artists.
▼餐厅-陈年皮革与天鹅绒搭配黄铜灯具的长条软凳，brasserie-aged leather and velvet, with brass light fittings ©Tom Blachford
▼南立面-酒廊，south elevation-lounge bar
▼西&北立面-品酒区，west&north elevation-tasting bar
Design: Eight months
Build: Three months
Project completion: December 2017
‘Dreamtime’ marble bars: Cairns Marble & Granite, sourced from Chillagoe Quarry, Queensland
Terrazzo outdoor tabletops: De Fazio
Leather banquettes: Pelle Leathers
Woven stainless steel mesh: Banker Wire
Spotted gum engineered timber flooring and Lignapal Veneer: George Fethers
Printed fabric bolsters: North Fabrics
Builder: Yarra Valley Commercial
Lighting: Light Projects
Kinetic sculpture: Andrew Hustwaite and Richard Butcher — S&K
Freestanding display & lighting: Foolscap Studio
Adele Winteridge Kathrin Wheib Madeline Freeman