Territory finds continuation in architecture. Functional purity finds resolution in all the spaces of the winery, which was conceived as an extension of the surrounding arable landscape and labor culture that vigorously define the walls and penetrate the heart of the architecture. The building is designed with production in mind, strictly following the codes and requirements of a winery; however, it still finds inspiration in the landscape.
A territory that is not decorative, but is fundamental to the architecture, which emerges from the land it directly orchestrates. Indeed, a building has seldom seen such an extension of its production, which finds continuation in the interior as much as it does in the fields it harvests.
Architecture traverses the landscape, expressing its sensitivity. Italian and Japanese principles merge and coexist in Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners’s work. Within, all is open to the eye: from the large concrete walls, to the machinery, to the mechanical systems. A composition of spaces, objects and land.
The project was developed based on a practical concept: to maximize functionality and optimize distribution. Punctuated by the presence of four parallel concrete walls of varying lengths, the winery is traversed through an axis or corridor which, configured as a visual telescope, runs through the central spaces and the length of the project to culminate in the vineyards. The interior looks like an “open section” which, thanks to the large glass walls, permits all aspects of wine production to become visible.
On the lower level, near the areas where production is accessed, the corridor separates the zones that undertake the initial stages of winemaking (the vat cellar, the cellar and the storage room) from the wine bottling zone. The same corridor divides, at second level, the wine tasting rooms and staff spaces, whereas at the last level, which the visitors may access directly from the parking lot in the rear, the path defines the access to the office area that opens towards a terrace and separates the building from the olive grove that covers the wine production areas.
At any point in this axis, it is possible to look out towards the Tuscan hills. You are able to completely appreciate the open section of the winery, which carves its way through the architecture of the interior, to end in the structured fields that compose the exterior landscape. The idea of longitudinal permeability within the building, as well as a concept of prolonged transparency, is highlighted, particularly in the wine tasting area, a point where all production – from harvesting, to crushing, to fermentation, to storage, to preparation, bottling and maturation– of the wine can be appreciated.
Cascina Podernuovo Bulgari
Località Le Vigne, frazione di Palazzone - San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena)
Architetti: Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners Srl
Structural Engineering: Esaprogetti Srl – Ing. Cianfrini Tecno Studio – Ing. Lattini
Mechanical and electrical engineering: Studio Tecnico Emanuele Mucci e Fabrizio Corridori
Other consultants: Ing. Pupo (process systems) Toscana Project Srl (project management)
Constructor: Alto soc. coop
Client: Podernuovo a Palazzone di Giovanni e Paolo Bulgari
Building area: 4.500 sqm
Offices: 115 sqm
Parking area: 1.300 sqm
Vat cellar: 475 sqm
Cellar: 415 sqm
Tasting area: 86 mq
Completion: February 2013
Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura