underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
 

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy

this winery in italy was born from an architecture competition in which the studios of francesco librizzi, andrea caputo, muller van severen, studioerrante architecture, and architecten de vylder vinck taillieu each submitted proposals. the chosen underground design has now opened its doors in the ancient city of matera.
underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
all images © delfino sisto legnani

 

 

the scheme by belgian studio architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (DVVT) gave life to a three-level wine contained within one of the city’s historical caves. a nod to the client’s venetian background, the winery intends to become a familiar and inviting location — a convivial and welcoming place where one may savor italian wines and chicchetti. the interior is defined by a stone encasing in which the vaults of the ceiling continue along all the walls, before transforming into blocks of stairs that both accommodate visitors and form display elements.

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
the winery extends throughout the three levels of the cave

 

 

from the green door of the patio, one enters the inner rooms of the cave: a large staircase leads visitors throughout all three levels, enclosing each environment thanks to the circular movement of its structure.

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
a stone encasing lines the vaults of the ceiling

 

 

the seats are a modular elements from which all other furnishing is formed. developed as overlapping particle board panels, like the other elements, they have been painted in green. guided by the staircase and the lights, the bar environment is located along the vaulted tunnel. here, a circular space is divided in two by a glass wall.

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
the lighting design references the shape and color of wine bottles

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
the circular space is divided in two with a glass wall

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
terracotta tiles extend throughout the cave

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
the green glass lights were blown by a venetian craftsman in three different designs

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
wine bottles stacked on the staircases

underground winery opens inside a cave in matera, italy
the use of stone distinguishes the cave as being a nod to the city of matera

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