The developer REDMAN and the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte chosen to build the new headquarters of the Cognac interprofessionPress release





Following a call for tenders, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has decided to entrust the construction of its new headquarters to the developer REDMAN in association with the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The building will be located in the heart of the town of Cognac, on the banks of the river Charente. It will be a new place of collaboration, exchanges and innovation, symbolizing Cognac’s attachment to its past and its confidence in its future. It will contribute to the attractiveness of its territory.


Photo : © Wilmotte & Associés


The Cognac sector today, announce its decision to entrust the construction of the future headquarters of its interprofessional organization, the BNIC, to the developer REDMAN and the internationally renowned architect and designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

REDMAN, a key player in the French real estate and urban ecosystem and a certified B Corp*, is acting as the main agent for the real estate development contract (CPI) for the construction of this tailor-made project for the Cognac sector.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte founded his own architectural practice in Paris in 1975 and has worked on nearly 100 projects worldwide, including the design of a cellar and the extension of Château Pédesclaux in Pauillac in 2015 and, very recently, the Grand Palais éphémère in Paris.

The final plans for the new BNIC headquarters will be unveiled in the summer of 2022.

The Cognac sector has decided to equip its interprofession with new headquarters. The building will be located in the heart of the town of Cognac, on the banks of the river Charente. It will be a new place of collaboration, exchange and innovation, symbolizing the attachment of Cognac to its past and its confidence in its future. The BNIC’s services, which bring together more than a hundred collaborators (scientists, technicians, lawyers, communicators, administrative staff and IT specialists), will for the first time in the history of the interprofession be brought together in the same working space. This building will be completely open to Cognac professionals and will also welcome all the partners and people of the sector. Anchored in the heart of the Cognac appellation area, it will contribute to the attractiveness and dynamism of an entire region.

Christophe Veral, president of the BNIC is delighted with the choice made by the standing committee today, “this ambitious project is a real pride for the Cognac industry and for the BNIC employees who will eventually work in it. Mr Wilmotte and his teams have understood the vision that drives our appellation, loyalty to the past and faith in the future, simplicity and ambition. This project is a new step in the history of Cognac and that of our city.”

“This building will be in the image of Cognac, sober and elegant, rooted in the past and open to the future. I am very happy to be able to contribute to its centuries-old history”, concluded the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

“We are going to develop a project that is authentic, innovative and conveys strong human and environmental values. A true showcase for the excellence of the industry, the future headquarters of the BNIC will contribute to the influence of Cognac throughout the world”, Nina Schoenmuller, general manager of REDMAN Atlantique.

* Certification granted to companies with a positive societal and environmental impact.



REDMAN has been a leading player in the real estate development market for over 14 years and is committed to the development of low-carbon and inclusive cities. His expertise and his particular taste for innovative projects, complex and highly technical give him a strong ability to carry out tailor-made projects and to act as an integrator to build holistic projects that are more than ever citizen-oriented.

Since its creation, REDMAN has been committed to a responsible approach, respectful of the human being, the living and the environment. The company’s raison d’être, enshrined in its statutes, is reflected in the framework of action “#REBEL – REDMAN Engaged for a Better Life” which reflects the conviction that environmental and societal issues are interdependent and must be at the heart of the strategy of a company wishing to have a real impact. All these good practices have enabled REDMAN to join the Community of Companies with a Mission and to obtain the coveted B Corp* certification. REDMAN is today the first French developer to have obtained this certification.certification.




Founded by the architect, urban planner, designer and academician Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Wilmotte & Associés now employs 250 people and has over 100 projects in 30 countries.

Both committed to the preservation of architectural heritage and resolutely forward-looking, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his teams share their approach and know-how with future architects through the Wilmotte Foundation, created in 2005, and the W Prize, an international competition based on the conversion of old buildings using the concept of contemporary grafting.

Wilmotte & Associés has won numerous international awards and has been ranked among the top 100 architecture firms in the world since 2010, according to a study by the British magazine Building Design..



The BNIC, Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, represents, develops and protects the Cognac Geographical Indication in France and throughout the world.

In more than 150 countries where Cognac is present, this GI gives the consumer the guarantee of an exceptional eau-de-vie. Composed of equal numbers of winegrowers and merchants, the BNIC is the forum for consultation and decision-making for nearly 4,200 winegrowers and distillers, 120 professional distillers and 270 merchants within the geographical indication.

The BNIC acts in the interests of those who make Cognac and those who consume it, with a constant concern for responsibility towards all the publics within the geographical indication.