The project I wanted to realize for Orlando Abrigo is minimal, strong, sincere in its expression. Everything revolves around the operations necessary to wine production. It is an extremely simple product, that has been conceived to blend into the landscape of the Langhe, between the earth, the vineyard vegetation, the wooden chestnutt poles.
Not only is the building hidden for its three-quarters, buried in a hill. The operation we have achieved has been that of placing along its perimeter tens of wooden poles, up to 16 meters tall.
Long stainless steel cables were hooked to these poles, which will act as a support for the climbing vines on the south side of the cellar, and roses, on the north side. This gesture, the effects of which will unfold over the years, gives a strong personality to what otherwise looks like a functional, almost anonymous container. The more time passes, the more this structire will be attacked by nature, according to seasonal cycles that create different, ever-changing effects throughout the year. The architecture will hide and will become part of the territory.
As to construction systems, much attention has been paid to the cost, balanced between prefabricated solutions for the claddings of the façade and reinforced concrete for the containment walls. Inside, the interiors have been developed to facilitate the cellar work, consistently with a philosophy of simplicity that is proper to Abrigo's style. There's nothing disguised here. The materials are treated as such, in their primary condition, with no desire to show luxury, apart from that of affording the best technologies to produce and bottle a good wine.
A project by architect Marco Ferreri, made in collaboration with architects Luisa Abrigo and Sergio Bertoldini.
Years of realisation: 2009-2012
Walkable surface: about 1000 sq. m.
Gross volume: about 3450 m3
Energetic class: "A" Regione Piemonte