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December 21, 2011

iloubnan- CNN names IXSIR’s winery as one of the greenest buildings in the world, December 21, 2011

CNN chose IXSIR’s winery in Basbina, Batroun, as one of the greenest buildings in 2011 “that have been recognized not only for their good looks but for their green credentials too.” 
IXIR's Lebanese winery, of which the Lebanese business man Carlos Ghosn is a major shareholder since 2007, is the only building in the Middle East and North Africa that was featured on the list. Other cited buildings included the Casa Locarno and Swarovski Headquarters in Switzerland, the Sandal Magna School and Velodrome – one of the venues hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – in the United Kingdom, and the Livestrong Foundation in the United States.

“This is a design and architectural achievement that raises Lebanon’s profile on the international scene, confirming its high standing in this respect, and reinforcing the world-renowned reputation of Lebanese wine,” said IXSIR’s General Manager Hady Kahale.

An eco-friendly building with sustainability at its heart, IXSIR’s winery won the 2011 Green Good Design Award.

The article underlined the winery’s contemporary concept that restores the traditional Lebanese winemaking process. “Overlooking Basbina in northern Lebanon, this winery combines a restored 400-year-old seigniorial house with a modern-built, green-skinned […] structure,” the authors wrote. “Designed by Raed Abillama Architects, its cellar spaces are buried within the ground as a thermal sponge, creating the needed equilibrium of temperature and humidity.”

Using innovative skylights, the winery maximizes the use of natural light to illuminate the premises. And with its natural reliance on gravity, it respects the integrity of wine making. In addition to rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes, it recycles all its outputs such as wastewater, and vegetable residue, which is turned into compost.

IXSIR’s winery, now on Facebook, will be open for the public enjoy tours and tastings in the spring of 2012. 

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