National Cognac Office
MUNICIPALITY OF COGNAC
Architect: WILMOTTE & ASSOCIÉS
Associate architect: A40 ARCHITECTES
Interior architect: WILMOTTE & ASSOCIÉS
Designer: WILMOTTE & INDUSTRIES
Wine-making process: EDEIS
Wood structure: EDEIS
Building services / fire safety: EDEIS
Sustainable development: VIZEA
Technical control: BTP CONSULTANTS
Circular economy: R-USE
7 500 sqm
Renovation and extension of the National Interprofessional Office of Cognac (BNIC) headquarters.
The new BNIC headquarters, due to its geographical position and materiality, becomes a showcase of the Cognac industry anchored in its territory towards the distant landscape of the Charente which radiates throughout the world.
The BNIC’s headquarters are located within the perimeter of the medieval town of Cognac, which has developed within the old fortifications as far as the old suburbs. This new location is a synthesis of history and contemporaneity. In order to ensure the continuity of the mineral landscape of the town of Cognac and its historic centre, the main building of the BNIC is located on the existing site of the gymnasium which will be demolished. Its facades are clad in Charente stone in harmony with the old facades.
The programme is organised into five buildings: three new buildings and the two buildings listed as remarkable heritage to be preserved are restored. Ponds are created in the extension of the Charente. They contribute to the reinforcement of biodiversity and the management of natural infiltration of rainwater.
I like the stone of the Charente, the material in which most of the houses and some of the warehouses were built, which gives a specific unity to the urban environment. I wanted to imagine a project that would enhance the product and the city.