There’s a road in South Tyrol, the Wine route, which passes through vineyards, villages and hills. It’s full of beautiful landscapes, amazing trees but also things that arouse your curiosity… One of this things is architecture, or, better, the interaction between old, traditional architecture and new architectural/urban interventions: very frequentily in South Tyrol these ones are made intelligently.
I’d like to focus my attention on two new buildings, related obviously to the world of wine: Winecenter in Kaltern and the New Wine Cellar in Tramin.
Kaltern is a village near to a lake, surrounded by vineyards and full of German tourists; Tramin is a village nearby, land of the native vine “Gewürztraminer“. Both villlages are pretty, a sort of place out of the world. And both villages live on wine.
Kaltern renovated its wine cellar and built a Wine center nearby, right on the Wineroute. The project is signed by an Austrian studio, Feld72: they started with a question: “Can you replace a place?“. The answes is, I think, the connection between the old wine cellar and the new shop, which has been created by an empty space: an intern yard, included by a monolithic structure, sweetened by great glass windows which in the daytime shine as mirrors and reflect landscape around them, and which, on the contrary, in the night-time show, display, the intern life and the structure of the architecture. Inside the building there are few floors designed as a route, or better as a tour, between the different ways of approaching wine: tasting, knowing, buying, enjoying…
Tramin, on the other side, in the same years built a brand new wine cellar. Here there’s not the problem of interaction between old building and new one, but between wine-growers’, workers’ and employees’ flow and visitors’-tourists’ flow: they had to be separated. Werner Tscholl designed a wine cellar which has been defined an “archi-sculpture” because of its green wrapping. It seems imposing, and it is, but in a soft way: the green is bright, quite innatural, but it will be less striking when vegetation around it will grow (last sunday there were just a few sprouts!). That green, and that shape, fit well with the conformation of hills around it, and the choice of such angles and broken lines simulates a naturalness which, closely seen, disappears. As you can see from the pictures, the wrapping dialogs with the interior furnishing, for example with the shelves that hold the bottles.
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