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Château de Ferrand



Much more than a classic aesthetic and technical commission, it was also necessary to share the values of the clients, to give meaning to what is much more than a renovation, a rebirth of an uninhabited eighteenth-century building. 
The first task was to understand the existing building, the château, its 300-year history, the heritage, the materials, the stone, the surrounding nature and the vineyard trades.
Just a stone's throw from the village of Saint-Émilion, Château de Ferrand stands on a promontory overlooking the Dordogne valley. Built in the late 18th century by a Bordeaux hobgoblin with connections to the Sun King's court, the property remained in the Marquis de Mons family for three hundred years until the arrival of Baron Bich, a visionary industrialist who acquired the estate in 1978. Only two families have succeeded each other in just over three hundred years.
Another singular curiosity is the Orangerie ceiling. It required the involvement of many different trades. Once the wooden framework and roof were in place, the central glass roof was installed. This glass roof is a complete surprise for visitors entering the building: invisible from the outside, it provides an incredible shaft of light. Beneath the glass roof is an oblong wooden ring, which houses a fishnet ceiling. The ceiling is 19 metres long and 5 metres wide. It's made up of long, laser-cut aluminum slats up to 10 metres long. These blades interweave with one another to create thousands of rhombuses forming a sky of varying altimetry. These pieces of metal are painted in a slightly bluish hue and adorned with different lights to illuminate a sky as unexpected as it is joyful.
The effect of the light is controlled by the addition of a fabric under the canopy, which allows the light to bounce around to create a warm halo in each of these lozenges. Each slat was assembled on site, requiring several weeks of meticulous, highly rigorous work.
At Château de Ferrand, the most unexpected rooms are numerous. Starting with the tasting room, named Salon Bic.
A tribute to the family history of the estate, a fresco created by Alexandre Doucin using a single-color Bic® Cristal® ballpoint pen covers the walls of this warm and beautiful little room.
The fresco depicts Ferrand's wooded and wine-growing landscape.
This chandelier is a unique piece made entirely of transparent resin into which white ink has been introduced. A curved LED ribbon at the top of the chandelier diffuses the light, which dissipates through the cloud effects created by the ink.
Once the resin has been poured into the mold and the ink ballet performed, the chandelier can be demolded in 2/3 days. The pattern will only be revealed once the chandelier has been machined.
The renovation had to be carried out to the highest standards, with extreme care taken and constant attention to quality and detail. The materials used were noble: woodwork, leather and parquet flooring were all specially designed and crafted by the finest artisans. For example, the perfect rendering of the dining room walls is the result of multiple layers: undercoat, then decorative rendering in two fresh-on-fresh passes, known as enduit à fresco, produced in the painter's studio and composed of a lime aggregate of marble powder with added natural pigment. A protective matt varnish is then added.
The furniture is designed by our agency. These are either specially created original pieces, or furniture from the Patrick Jouin ID collection. Each piece of custom-designed furniture features coherent shapes and fluid, organic lines, directly inspired by the nature that surrounds the property.



Key details

Located in the jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion, Château de Ferrand lies at the heart of a vast estate comprising 32 hectares of vines and 10 hectares of parkland and woods. The château dates back to the 18th century. The site is used for both wine production and wine tourism.
The renovation of Château de Ferrand launched in 2017 is divided into two phases:
The first concerns the renovation of the covered enclosure of the château's two wings and its gallery. The second, more substantial phase involves the landscape, architecture and interior architecture, more specifically the interior renovation of the château's east wing, an architectural and interior intervention in the outbuildings and a landscape project.


Interior architecture and furniture designJouin Manku
Patrick Jouin
Sanjit Manku
Jacques Goubin
Bénédicte Bonnefoi
Antoine Bonichon
Birgitte Trosby
Arnaud Desvignes
Yann Brossier
Alexandre Doucin
Bruno Pimpanini
Camille Ringenbach

Associate architect and construction architect

BPM architecture
Lighting designerVoyons Voir

ArtistsAlexandre Doucin

Monumental chandelier Orangerie : AOF, Atelier des Forges and Fontes et Tradition
Resin chandelier Salon Bic : Design et Solution, FIva , Atelier Stéphane Corler and AOF 
Orangerie Bricks: Made by TMH
Layout : Lallier, Paul Champs, Atelier d’Agencement