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Isplora team knows perfectly how Antinori winery has been designed and built, we have traveled trough all stages, from the very beginig of the creative thinking, the difficulties during the early stages of the bulding and until completion of the construction with a breathtaking result. All of this thanks to the availability of the architects, customer and material suppliers that have enabled us to make a VIDEO documentary of exceptional and rare quality for architects e-learning.
SUSTAINABLE - We believe that the quality of this projects starts from the clear aim of both, Archea architects and Antinori family, of trasforming the main headquarter for the Antinori wine production in a building not only completelly integrated on its surrounding but mainly sustainable, an organic architecture that would be intimately tied to the context, tradition and materials. A design that focuses on the issues of the environment, sustainability and zero impact, and so using everything that nature provides. Even the idea excavating, or creating this huge excavation came from the need to take energy from the ground, the energy used for cooling the wine.
As part of this “environmental compensation” approach, the roof of the building is completely covered by greenery that is made up of different varieties of vines thus becoming an iconic feature serving a dual purpose, both explicitly communicative and intrinsically productive.
TECHNOLOGICAL - The technological challenge started from the excavations, where soil began to swell and rise up, due to the nature of clayed soil, the pillars started to twist and bend, so special measures were called for in with the adoption of exceptional technical resources and engineering decisions.
On the project a wide variety of technologies have been adopted. Some sections, which have to support heavy loads, were built in reinforced concrete, but all the cantilevered sections, such as the incision and the opening in the ground had to be built in steel. Then there were other sections that were prefabricated. So we can find the most suitable technologies, ensuringto be in harmony and compatible with the environmental requirements relating to the project.
CONSTRUCTION - The concreteness of the materials as a whole, together with the variety of components used, is one of the fundamental characteristics of the work. Terracotta tiles, COR-TEN steel and wood are elements which, because of their colour or tradition, express the relationship with Tuscany and have been used here within the context of continuous creative tension between the old and the new.
Specific construction systems have been studied to create the vaults, to which horizontal staves with omega-shaped press-folded profiles are screwed, and then anchored the terracotta tiles to these. Another contrstruction challenge was the large spiral staircase that winds its way through all the levels of the building and connects the parking area with the other areas on different floors
AESTHETIC - The winery is recognisable from the outside through two simple incisions in the ground, inspired by the famous series of slashes entitled “Spatial Concepts” by the Italian artist Lucio Fontana. The incisions in the slope are the only visible features of an otherwise underground architecture, which extends within the hillside in a topographically descending arrangement.
The sections with the barrels and the vats are truly fascinating. In a certain way, they convey a sense of sacredness to a place where wine is produced, creating a combination between the world of industry and that of agriculture, and the sacred world of wine making, which is spiritual let’s say
CULTURAL - The winery is also a place to retrace the history of Italy, in which the Antinori family has played a prominent role. Next to the barrique cellar is an actual museum of ancient and contemporary artefacts. In addition to paintings, scrolls and family letters, it also features a winepress based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci - an extraordinary item of exceptional historical, artistic and cultural value. At the same time you can find contemporary installations inside the courtyard. A few metres beyond the exhibition area is the auditorium, which has also been designed as an inescapable component of organic architecture that is aimed at creating a harmonious relationship between mankind and nature.
SOCIAL - A large part of the work consisted in dividing the walkways and creating a winery in which production could continue, whilst still allowing access to visitors from outside. Opening the building up to the public led to the determination of certain concepts and logical and structural decisions. You can find a restaurant, which means that visitors can come, take the tour, gain an understanding of the architectural aspect and the production side.
Staging cultural events to introduce people to this other side of our artistic heritage, which is Italian food and wine, the Antinori family intend to bring this place to life, to let it become dynamic and to contribute something to their city, as well as to the Chianti region.
ECONOMIC - The Antinori family has been a far-sighted customers who have assumed the cultural responsibility for investing in a project that best represents the history and identity, not just of Antinori wines, but of an entire nation. A determined customer, who has shown itself capable of overcoming moments of crisis in order to pursue its own vision, following the indispensable support and guidance of Archea architects.
The winery is an example that goes beyond mere building functionality and one that is moving towards new models for rural areas, which are normally not very compatible with what are the typical requirements of a factory. The project presents an architecture that represents a landmark, a recognisable symbol of a local area and its history, rooted in tradition yet capable of reinventing itself.
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