Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

Rome – based architecture firm Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners, designed an exemplary winery set in a picturesque vineyard estate set in the outskirts of Siena, Italy. The Bulgari Winery is a fine example of simple, refined architecture that performs as a gentle intervention into nature; a building that evokes timelessness and sophistication while it complements its adjacent natural splendour.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Here, architecture finds expression by showcasing the agricultural process, making clear the stages of wine production via a beautiful yet rigorous narrative that blurs the boundary between exterior landscape and the interior linear continuity of the work space.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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The inception of the building is the outcome between the creative collaboration of the architects the clients, who found together the ideal position of the building, based on the principles of quality and efficiency.  Both sides aimed to create a building that would be an exceptional addition to the Tuscan lanscape; a place of leisure and of outstanding beauty that would allow visitors to appreciate the true beauty of the Tuscan Countryside.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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The building itself is strikingly simple and straightforward, while it maintains an essential sophistication along with a captivating internal atmosphere. Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners’ design is a sequence of four parallel concrete walls, forming a building which embraces the maximum slope of the hill it sits on. Moreover, they applied a reddish colour to the reinforced concrete, typical of Siena’s earth soil, so as the exterior would merge with the natural environment instead of opposing it.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Consequently, the winery demonstrates the ability to relate with the surrounding landscape and eventually become part of it.  The strict geometric structure was primarily conceived as an extension of the surrounding arable landscape and labour culture that vigorously define the walls and penetrate the heart of architecture. Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners’ design is an approach towards an architecture which traverses the landscape while expressing a distinctive level of sensitivity towards the natural environment.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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The building features four reinforced concrete walls that follow the slope of the hill from where the building emerges.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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The walls enclose the main programmes of the winery and thus they differ from each other in both length and interstitial width. At the centre of the building runs a corridor which splits the principal processing areas, the barrel cellar and the wine cellar from the main bottling area and the storage space.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Within, everything is open to the eye; from the rawness of the bare, concrete walls to the machinery and the mechanical rooms, all spaces are defined by the principles of truthfulness and openness.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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On the upper level, the corridor acts as a partition between the tasting room and the office spaces whilst it established a main internal circulation route. Moreover, the main axis connects the top level office area with the exterior. The corridor’s ‘telescopic’ notion – through the sections of the winery, as it rises and falls with the landscape – performs as the mediator between the interior and the Tuscan hills. The tasting room acts as a point of observation; a platform that overlooks production, fermentation, aging and the final processes of wine making.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

©Fernando Guerra

The entire project is generated from the notion that nature completes the building; it does not serve to merely decorate it, it is part of it.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners’ structure is a celebration of honest architecture; they created a dynamic, minimal building that exposes all production systems and technical elements, making the process of wine making entirely visible. This is where concrete and iron are stripped bare; where the inside atmosphere is the continuation of the external territory.  Here the built with the natural are united in complete harmony.  Undeniably, the Bulgari Winery is a place made to pleasure the senses; an elegy to simplicity and nature.

Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Bulgari Winery in Padernuovo by Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

©Fernando Guerra

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 


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