The project of Cantina Antinori was launched in 2003 by the need to create a business park that have to be also a landmark production for the region and for the company. The main goal was then to provide the Antinori family the Headquarters that represented the charm and tradition of their business. The project was then inaugurated in 2012. A masterpiece of contemporary architecture in Italy.
The Antinori family has a unique history . It was the year 1180 when the first distant descendants settled in the area that now houses this masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Officially they entered in the profession around 1385, when they become Vinattieri and inaugurate production.
This means a business history of over 600 years and as many as 27 generations of men who have led the company until today. Impressive.
The architect in charge is Marco Casamonti, founder of the studio ARCHEA. At the time of the Committee, at the beginning of the 2000s, he was in his early thirties, but already taught at the Faculty of Genoa and enjoyed considerable prestige.
The project had to meet several requirements. Those productive ones, directional and other services to offer visitors and customers. A multipurpose facility at the same time useful, functional and beautiful. First, the client wanted to bring the offices Antinori from the center of Florence to here, fusing them together with the production area. This will is derived from the fact of wanting to create a direct and continuous bridge between the two parts of the company.
If you choose to do one of the guided tours offered by the hotel, then you will discover the production chain of the company. First encountered the aging room , a place from the atmosphere and unique fragrances that affects the soft light and for his poise and elegance of the ensemble.
In this environment we are at least at 10 meters underground. This is due to the need to keep the wine barrels at a constant temperature and rather low. What we see is not everything, in fact, the walls are the result of a very significant technological work. The walls create an air chamber due to the double layer from which they are composed, of which the coating is fixed to ensure also a proper moisture and an appropriate aeration. This system is inspired by the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore and to the project of 1400 that led Brunelleschi to realize one of the domes most “important” in the history of man.
The materials used by the study ARCHEA are few and accurate. The terra cotta covers all surfaces and flooring, the raw wood in the right places and then the glass, allowing visitors a better experience. The first two materials reflect the tradition while the glass the progress with which the Antinori family has always known how to follow. Externally there is the predominant presence of a fourth material – The Corten – steel blighted that architects love and does an excellent effect also to clients. The entire structure has parts “contaminated” by this beautiful material that can withstand the atmosphere without any degradation over time. The designers wanted to use him for his character tending to the tradition, the old, rather than the new.
La promenade architecturale
The scale is something magnificent. Seriously. If you visit this place you can not fail to be impressed. From the structure, to get to the finishing materials and the design itself, everything has been designed with wisdom. Passing along it really means to live an experience. Thanks to its helical movement we are forced to look around and observe the landscape before and after the Cantina, and then meet again the architecture to observe the fields again. Each time discovering something new, each time stopping to photograph a new glimpse that we do not want to be lost in our memories.
Anchored to the slabs at two points and supported by the great and singular pillars in the center, the structure is left free to move, so that you will be lulled while you walk on it, feeling sensitive but decided oscillations under your feet.
Antinori The company annually produces more than 16 million bottles. Of these, only a small fraction is produced in this place, a million and a half. Here are 4 acres of vineyards and are produced only three types of Chianti.
All photographs ©Luca Onniboni – (do whatever you want, reminding us)
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