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

archea associati: cantina antinori winery

‘cantina antinori’ by archea associati, san casciano val di pesa, italyimage © pietro savorelliall 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 canopyimage © pietro savorelli



circular stairs benefiting from the voids in the horizontal planesimage © pietro savorelli



(left) view through the voids(right) view through the exterior stairsimage © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli



upper level lounge areaimage © pietro savorelli



long continuous space connects all functions with a glass wallimage © pietro savorelli



central stairs in the libraryimage © pietro savorelli



circular dome roofimage © pietro savorelli



libraryimage © pietro savorelli



stacked concrete forms provide shelfingimage © pietro savorelli



shopimage © pietro savorelli



meeting rooms in glass wallsimage © pietro savorelli



undulating terracotta walls of the basement levelsimage © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli



barrel roomimage © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli



wine production areasimage © pietro savorelli



fermentation vatsimage © pietro savorelli



roof line in the landscapeimage © pietro savorelli



vineyards sweep up to the structureimage © pietro savorelli



siteimage © pietro savorelli



image © pietro savorelli

  • I like it all except for those helter-skelter book/bottle cases – guess I just don’t understand them

    dbkii says:
  • muy bonito!!

    nabito architects says:
  • So this is the next James Bond setting. Nice

  • Very nicely done. Respect for the earth =’s good wine or so one would hope
    :)))))) not many vineyards here in Vermont
    a nice piece of sculpture would fit in and give pause while tasting wines to give
    the mind and palate pause
    I found you… you find me

    Paedra says:
  • No plans or sections?

    mArkW says:
  • I made comments on a beautiful winery shown here or on dezeen earlier this year or last year. This winery doesn’t rise to the comment level.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • woow///////ancora a piede libero ?

    luo says:
  • @kenneth
    did you mean this little gem??
    definitely a different level of winery

    johnny says:
  • looks great!!

    Ben Godi says:
  • That’s the one. It deserved great praise.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • I submitted the comment under the name YAHEBA. Great winery!

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • Steter Tropfen höhlt den Stein! Kompliment !

    René Düsel says:
  • tak you

    sohil says:
  • glad to re-visit
    glad to feel the uniqueness of the building
    and still feel a piece of my sculpture would fit
    bronze and wine go together

    Paedra says:
  • wow!


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