Set amongst vineyards and rolling hills half-way between Florence and Siena sits a spectacular building designed by Archiea Asscoiati. The Antinori Winery through architecture seamlessly connects with the surrounding landscape. The physical and intellectual construction of the winery pivots on the profound and deep-rooted ties with the land, the industrial building appears to be a part of the land thanks to the roof, which has been turned into a plot of farmland cultivated with vines. Internally two horizontal cuts allow light into the interior and provide those inside the building with a view of the landscape. The secluded heart of the winery, where the wine matures in barrels is steeped in darkness in a sequence of terracotta vaults, deep under the building. What makes me marvel about this project is the robust materials when combined with the landscape and natural light almost becomes weightless yet rooted deep into the landscape.
Story by Richard Misso . To see more by Archiea Asscoiati images courtesy of Archia Asscoiti