vincent coste combines the worlds of cheese and wine in france vincent coste combines the worlds of cheese and wine in france
jul 16, 2014

vincent coste combines the worlds of cheese and wine in france

vincent coste combines the worlds of cheese and wine in france
photo © florent joliot
all images courtesy of vincent coste architecte

 

 

 

french architecture firm, vincent coste architecte locates ‘la fromagerie du passage’ at the center of an ancient benedictine cloister in the historic french city of aix-en-provence. the concept store marries the world of wine and cheese through carefully initiated design characteristics. three levels vertically displace the programs of the design brief in a local and contemporary fashion. the ground floor retail space includes an aromatic cheese tasting display that faces the wooden beech plank exhibition and sales desk, which are intended to appear as a bookshelf of bottles. two of the meilleurs ouvriers de france (best workers in france) attend the station, where they are in charge of refining and selecting the wine to develop a sustainable and informed consumption of the two products. the prestigious title refers to a competition held every four years to determine the best craftsmen of the country. decorating the surfaces are simple geometric concrete tiles that unite the space and give it a strong identity amongst other storefronts along the street.

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
all technical furniture and presentation was designed specifically for the cheese shop
photo © florent joliot

 

 

 

the first floor mezzanine offers two dining options: a long counter directly above the double height ceiling, and a long table d’hôte, which is divided according to the circulation requirements of the employees and customers. the counter, a wide wooden balcony that lines the extents of one edge, generates the composition of the façade and reinforces the perception of the interior from the street.

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
two dining areas (table d’hôte and the balcony).
photo © florent joliot

 

 

 

the top level has allowed the establishment of a terrace within the context of the city’s rooftops. each component of furniture (shelves sale, tables, maturing cellar, and showcases sale) have been specifically created to optimize their use and respond to the technical demands of cheesemakers and winemakers.

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
(left) the selection of wines are visible from the entrance of the store and accessible to be served at the restaurant
(right) view from the counter on the mezzanine level balcony
photo © florent joliot

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
(left) view of the shelves with the cheese display
(right) details of the storage shelves
photo © florent joliot

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
(left) view of the twisting staircase
(right) the large table is divided according to the needs of the restaurant
photo © florent joliot

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
the enlightened ceiling is visible from the street
photo © florent joliot

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
interior ground floor shop with geometric concrete tiles
photo © florent joliot

vincent coste la fromagerie du passage france
drawing details

 

 

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