archea associati: cantina antinori winery
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nov 26, 2012
archea associati: cantina antinori winery


‘cantina antinori’ by archea associati, san casciano val di pesa, italy
image © pietro savorelli
all images courtesy of archea associati

 

 

located in the unique chianti landscape halfway between the scenic florence and siena amongst the vast fields of vineyards, the ‘cantina antinori’ winery
by italian practice archea associati explores the relationship between man, a product, the site and the process of manufacture in their most essential forms.
the winemaker has a very special, if not spiritual connection to the land on which his vineyards grow; there is a constant struggle to maintain quality as well
as a large economical commitment to produce the best quality grape. as a result, the winery is set into the contours of the land as two horizontal cuts made
from large planes of concrete, framing views and paying homage to the site and covered with a vineyard. two atria in the planes allow views as well and bring
in light into all areas of the construction. the offices are located under ground above the wine cellar of undulating masonry walls and terracotta vaults that
help maintain the ideal interior temperature for fermentation. the grapes make a journey from the top level where they are taken into the structure down
the manufacturing process until reaching the barrels. visitors on the other hand begin at the barrels at the same level as the parking, and make their way up
to crescendo at a panoramic space featuring a restaurant, auditorium, museum, library, wine tasting areas and the shop. circular holes cut into the canopy
illuminate the caretaker’s dwelling and guest house and create a recognizable language in the project.

 

 


circular void in the canopy
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circular stairs benefiting from the voids in the horizontal planes
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(left) view through the voids
(right) view through the exterior stairs
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upper level lounge area
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long continuous space connects all functions with a glass wall
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central stairs in the library
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circular dome roof
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library
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stacked concrete forms provide shelfing
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shop
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meeting rooms in glass walls
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undulating terracotta walls of the basement levels
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barrel room
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wine production areas
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fermentation vats
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roof line in the landscape
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vineyards sweep up to the structure
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site
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image © pietro savorelli

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