Cultural Winery


Cultural Winery

10.06.2024 – Competition Results

This competition was aimed at imagining a new concept of tasting, a space in which art, culture and tradition were able to merge into a single project. The main goal was to complement the existing facilities of Podere Fedespina with a new building capable of offering a contemporary experience in a context steeped in history. A one-of-a-kind winery where leisure, events and nature could coexist in harmony. Participants were therefore encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of shapes, layouts and textures, and were given total freedom to intervene creatively both at a landscape and topographic level.

The best proposals managed to sensibly integrate the volumes of the new Winery with the existing irregular terrain, creating a subtle and harmonious dialogue between the vineyards, the original buildings and the characteristic Tuscan landscape. Through very different strategies, each participant managed to develop projects of the highest architectural level: some are mainly characterised by a layout of organic lines that follow the undulating topography almost like a land art operation, while others chose simple and clear geometries that turn them into contemporary landmarks.

TerraViva congratulates all the participants of Cultural Winery for having submitted excellent architectural proposals from all over the world.


The Wine Path
Tigran Danielian, Karen Bilian, Anastasia Morozova, Alice Matskewicz [Armenia – Russia] – .ket

Lunigiana is an Italian miracle where nature unfolds in all its charming beauty, like a painting by a great master, enthralled by its splendor. Here the majestic hills are covered with vineyards and olive groves, as if a carpet leading to a world of wine and historical treasures.

Here Podere Fedespina is the jewel of this stunning garden, where every slope and every building hold the spirit of a centuries-old tradition and a passionate love of wine. Here lives the soul of the majestic art of winemaking, captivating and inspiring with its depth and history.

Our mission is to delicately and sensually approach the issue and create a space that epitomizes the culture and tradition of wine, while maintaining a harmony with the surrounding nature.

The genuine architectural answer to the challenge comes through the perception of the vineyards as a natural hillside park-garden. The goal of our project is to transform the vineyards into a unique landscape garden

Therefore, we do not divide the territory into vineyards and building, but immerse the building itself in this garden of vineyards, thus creating the ultimate synergy of park-garden and building-pavilion, diving into the culture of wine on 360 degrees and finding inspiration in this world of scenic beauty

By immersing the building in the very center of nature, we create not just an architectural object, but an entire space that combines functionality and aesthetics. The single-storey glass pavilion, nestled in the heart of the hill, linking two points to the road, becomes not only an essential part of the garden, but also gently emphasizes the historical architecture of the existing building.

The pavilion provides a new linear route within the vineyards with a series of essential internal functions such as: reception areas, an area for the sale of local products and wines, a small restaurant with tasting room and kitchen-bar with space for storage and display of bottles and barrels, a flexible multifunctional area for cultural events, an office and conference room for the administrators.

This approach will not only enrich the tourist appeal of the place, but will also open new horizons for true wine connoisseurs. The interactivity of this space, maximized by the continuous interaction with the surrounding landscape, will be a vivid example of the union of the contemporary and the historical, giving a distinctive flavor to this astonishing place.

Podere Fedespina will become not just a space for relaxation and wine tasting, but a veritable center for the fulfillment of dreams of inspiration, beauty and harmony. Here each guest will be able to feel himself a part of the great history of winemaking, immerse himself in the world of scents and flavors, enjoy the exceptional atmosphere of Lunigiana. In this place the art of architecture, culture and nature merge to form a true masterpiece that will leave unforgettable impressions for years to come.

“The project is designed with high delicacy and sensitivity regarding the context. It seeks to avoid designing superfluous volumes that impact the landscape; instead, it creates a linear building in the form of a path, a suggestive structure integrated into the landscape like a ‘slit’. This approach is perfectly in tune with the genuine architectural response to the challenge. The linear building allows the program to integrate landscape and architecture in a very creative and original way. The goal is to transform the vineyards into a unique landscape garden solution. Moreover, the proposal becomes a structure that captures the surrounding environment, the vineyards, and the panoramic views, functioning as an observatory.”


Lunigiana Cultural Winery, A tribute to the Tuscan Landscape
Erick Alejandro Tinoco Ávila, Gabriel Alejandro Ruiz Suárez [Mexico]

In 1963, Emilio Sereni defined the agricultural landscape as “the form that men, throughout and for the purposes of their agricultural production activities, consciously and systematically imprint on the natural landscape” (Sereni 2008, 29). These landscapes, such as the vineyards of Tuscany, are symbols of a historical balance between culture and the countryside. To intervene in this landscape, it is crucial to understand its history and significance.

We aimed to understand how use, tradition, and culture contributed to the construction of this vernacular form and found significant details of the region’s architecture, such as the adaptation of complex carpentry structures to regulate light and wind, as well as the maximization of the use of balconies, gardens, and patios. These historically charged elements of symbolism and significance determined the architecture and atmosphere of the region.

Once this was understood, the task was to intervene in a complex that already played the role of preexistence, so it was very important to understand its location within the complex, its construction method, and how the new volumes could integrate with them.

The location was already defined, so we needed to resolve how to generate the path that connects both ends while taking care of the direction of the views from the preexisting complex and from the new volume. It was through plazas creating focal points, changes in level, and gardens that we integrated the preexisting elements such as the pergola, giving it a defined use as a dining area for the restaurant.

To encompass the entire urban intervention, we separately generated the kitchen volume and the local products and wine sales volume (separate from the winery). With this, we aimed to contribute to this historical recognition of a city made for walking, which has plazas, stairs, alleys, gardens, and more urban elements. Additionally, their separation helped create different moments to overcome the topography and descend to the end of the terrain through platforms.

In the winery volume, we located a reception area connected to the tasting area, where we found the tasting room and, going down a staircase to the west of the building, the barrel room. On the other side, at the center of the building, we found a multipurpose lobby through which we could access the versatile hall, a large room with characteristics for larger-scale events, such as exhibitions, film screenings, conferences, fairs, etc. Finally, at the eastern end, we found the services, such as restrooms and offices.

“Innovative concept and excellent design in the historical and morphological layering of the buildings. The project succeeds in making the existing vernacular buildings coexist with newly constructed volumes to the appropriate extent, respecting the existing landscape paths in both wine and wine-tasting processes.”


The Forum
Balint Iszak, Csenge Gyorgyi [New Zealand]

Winemaking has been an integral part of human culture.  Preserving these traditions is crucial to maintaining the legacy of Tuscany’s identity while also welcoming new opportunities and advancements.

Our proposal, while respecting the beauty of its unique natural environment, also emphasises the dialogue between heritage, tradition and new functions throughout the design: two grids, heavy-light, grounded-elevated, enclosed-open, tonal-colourful.
Given the new addition’s location and role in welcoming visitors, it was important for us to reimagine the arrival experience to the site. Our proposal creates a central space we call the ‘Forum’, positioned between the existing and the new buildings. This space is envisioned to be the heart of the site, where visitors arrive, meet, dine, enjoy concerts and exhibitions, practice yoga, or participate in a local market.  ‘The Forum’ serves as a dynamic social hub, reflecting the communal spirit of winemaking.

Another key concept of our design is to enhance the visitor’s sensory experience by connecting the original and the new vineyard together through the Forum. By linking them together, the intention is for the vineyard/winemaking experience to permeate the entire site, creating a much closer relationship with the visitor.  The vision for the existing outdoor area is to retain only the platform and extend the vineyard through it to create an outdoor dining experience among the vineyard vines.

The proposal is organised using two grids: one aligned with the existing structures, honouring the historical context, while the other is parallel to the vineyard rows, establishing a harmonious connection with the vines.

The new proposal comprises two elements: The first consists of partially submerged, heavy, enclosed stone masses that resonate with the language and grid of the existing buildings. These structures house the more traditional functions such as the tasting room, wine store, office, shop, restaurant and a centrally located outdoor platform that can host concerts and various other events.
The second element is an elevated open pavilion aligned with the vineyard grid and situated on the top of one of the stone masses, offering panoramic views of the vineyard and wider surroundings. It houses a new multifunctional and expandable space with operable windows that can be easily dissolved to connect the indoor space with the outdoor areas.

The pavilion is envisioned as a steel structure, polished and lacquered red, symbolising its deep connection to the essence of the wine. The reflectiveness of the metal ceiling brings in the colours of the of the surrounding green area, which makes the red colour of the ceiling change with time. The roof has a generous overhang to provide shading on the western and southern sides.

Descending to the lower level is through a sculptural staircase, which is the only element carrying the language of the new function downstairs. As it hovers above the tasting room and the wine barrels underneath, the visitor has an immersive experience descending the stairs.

The proposal aims not only to preserve the legacy of Tuscan winemaking, but also sets the stage for its vibrant future.

“The way the buildings sit in the landscape, the way the two grids negotiate, the way it merges with the surroundings, the tastefulness in the material choices and detailing – all is meticulous and aplaudable. The team managed to reach wonderful effect in a few contained gestures.”

Golden mentions

(ordered by registration code)

alle merie
Virginia Maria Yedro, Mathias Tobal, Christian Moroni, Justina Martinez Zuviria Claret, Thomas Kūhnel, Maria Jesus Vazquez [Italy – Portugal – Argentina]

This proposal aims to expand the traditional family-owned winery and viticultural venture, Podere Fedespina, by constructing a new landmark that integrates with the vernacular landscape of this farm surrounded by the green hills of La Lunigiana, in the Tuscan Apennines. In this new hub conceived as a multipurpose building, a wide variety of activities related to agriculture, winemaking, arts and culture, will be welcome to take place. Serving as a connecting point of the two vineyards, it will become the core nerve of the farm, enhancing the architectural and landscape heritage of Podere Fedespina.

Starting from the idea of focus or node, we believe that the circle is the best architectural or geometric solution to integrate the landscape through this endeavor The Italian artist Bruno Munari would say that the circle is a geometric shape close to the divine and perfection; that represents eternity and unity; that it has neither beginning nor end nor hierarchies. A symbol of fairness and reunion that can evoque a meeting of people around the fire, this shape appears frequently in nature. The concept of a circle is an optimal match to accomplish our purpose.

Embedded into the hillside, the circular piece will contain diverse functions in its interior, including a winery, a restaurant, a tasting room, and a reception hall, as well as a wide water surface and aromatic gardens. Through a pictorial interplay of planes and figures, a light structure that serves as a semi-covered agora, appears to float over the water. Here, the shelter of the roof and the shade, invite visitors to embark on an immersive touristic and enological experiential journey exploring natural elements such as fire, earth and water. Positioned as a panoramic point at the highest point of the terrain, offering 360° views, this space is ideal for hosting small concerts, events and open-air exhibitions. The pond also works as a large water reservoir that stimulates biodiversity, capturing rainwater from the roof: This water is then reused as wastewater and irrigation source for the vineyards.

A linear pathway, serving as a transversal axis, weaves through the entire system and culminates as a viewpoint, inviting visitors to walk over the vines and contemplate the landscape. A spiral staircase initiates an intimate journey crossing all levels. The first basement welcomes visitors with a reception hall, a store, and a tasting room which is visually connected to the storage space below. Moving onward, the second level houses the multifunctional area (MFA) and the restaurant, offering the flexibility to operate together or separately, with connectivity to the exterior through an expansion area that brings air, natural lighting and vitality. Finally, the winery is located in the third basement. Although this is the most introspective space in the building, it keeps visual connectivity throughout the entire descending journey.

Alle Merie will stand out in the landscape as a vital space for open and diverse encounters, where reversible relationships with the surrounding nature will prevail, enriching the experience of all those who visit it.

“The proposal for the expansion of Podere Fedespina introduces a multipurpose landmark that utilizes a circular design, a shape praised for symbolizing eternity and unity, ideal for fostering communal activities and blending seamlessly with the Tuscan landscape. This design not only serves as a central hub connecting vineyards but also incorporates innovative elements such as a semi-covered agora floating over a water reservoir, enhancing biodiversity while supporting agricultural operations through water recycling, and offering panoramic views for cultural and enological experiences.”

Diwine Proportion
Vittoria Daniel, Mickaël Gaume [France]

Divine proportion is not divine

It originated as a quest for harmonious proportions in Greek civilization, and became an anthropocentric architectural myth based, according to Vitruvius, on the proportions of the human body.

Can a human datum such as divine proportion really be the starting point for a cantina?A veritable sacred temple of wine. Shouldn’t its proportions be established in the wine itself? Or rather, in one of its containers? The 300-liter barrel, chosen by Podere Fedespina for the stability it provides could be the keystone of a harmonious, regular relationship, a practical concept,

The diwine proportion

both conservative and experimental, generates an architecture that seems neither traditional nor contemporary.

The expression of a new vernacular that gives the illusion of a certain simplicity, whether formal : through an elementary geometry subject to three types of use – conviviality, buffer, functional – which combine to optimize the space in plan, proposing a contemporary distribution for traditional practices such as a reception area, a space for displaying and selling products, tasting areas (collective or intimate) and catering, a kitchen-bar, an office, sanitary facilities and a storage area. A constellation of spaces and uses revolving around the pure essence of the place, the cellar. The rusticity of the cantina is also apparent in the use of vaulted ceilings in elevation.

Or material : through the use of current construction techniques, using three main materials (reinforced concrete, site concrete from in-situ soils and waste/by-products from local arenaria quarries, chestnut wood), infused as much as possible with the local essence, that is, the expression of a continuous and living tradition.

“The project redefines architectural norms by using a 300-liter wine barrel as the basis for its design, coining the “diwine proportion” to blend conservative and experimental elements. This unique concept is visually represented through distinctive graphics that highlight the cantina’s optimized functional spaces and the integration of local materials, grounding the structure in its environmental and cultural context.”

Volti diVini
Riccardo Abagnale, Gianluca Fabbricatore, Anna Beatrice Maria Ambrosi [Italy]

The project stems from a strong desire to create a connection with the existing architectures, which generate the guiding lines along which the proposal develops and composes itself urbanistically. The low height of the above-ground parts shows respect towards the vernacular architecture of the winery, which represents the origin of the company.

The relationship with the vineyard is intense. The row composition of the raw material used in wine production determines the external spaces such as the outdoor theater area facing the multipurpose hall, the structure of the multipurpose hall itself, and the connecting path to the elevated square. This design reinforcing the connection with nature as if the vegetation extends into the architecture.

The “new heart of the winery” is composed of blocks emerging from the ground with different functions and sizes. Their strategic placement in the space makes them permeable to visitors, offering a varied panorama of paths.

This layout encourages free exploration of the outdoor areas and provides unique views of the vineyard. Additionally, the design accommodates the necessary production line path, which circles the entire plot, ensuring efficient operation while harmonizing with the natural landscape.

The buildings emerging from the ground level are clad in stone to maintain a strong connection with the existing structures in order to enhancing them and increasing the variety of the available spaces.

This respectful integration with the environment and the creation of diverse external pathways for visitors to explore underscore the project’s commitment to blending architecture with nature.

Volti diVini centers around its central square, which serves as the heart of the project. This protected and intimate space offers to the visitors a place to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty. From the square, visitors can access the restaurant and the main building. The ground floor of the main building houses the reception area with a lounge zone and a local product sales area. The first floor features meeting rooms and office/co-working spaces overlooking a large double-height area.

The underground level connects the buildings and includes a storage and exhibition area for barrels and bottles, a production zone with direct external access, a multipurpose hall facing the new vineyard and a tasting room.

The tasting room is located in a space characterized by a strong material presence, zenithal light and a view of the vineyard. It has been designed as a “dynamic space” that can be set up in various areas of the underground level depending on the desired atmosphere and lighting. Tastings can take place in the barrel and bottle exhibition area, within the production zone or in the large arched space of the multipurpose hall. This concept provides flexibility to the wine tasting experience.

The project features an underground structure made of concrete vaults, while the multipurpose hall is designed as an innovative space with a raised stage and a unique decompression area to host various events such as vineyard-related activities, musical and exhibition events. The combination of concrete and variable-section wooden arches creates a warm and luminous environment.

“Architectural composition related to existing buildings, interior spaces have strong character and well distributed. Carefully curated material palette restricted to few but well combined elements.”

Podere Fedespina Cultural Pavilion
Peik Shelton [USA]

The Podere Fedespina campus, ensconced amidst the verdant vineyards of Lunigiana, presents an unparalleled opportunity to blend heritage, nature, and cultural immersion into a singular experience. The Podere Fedespina Cultural Pavilion aims to transcend the conventional wine tasting space, redefining it as a multifunctional hub where guests can engage in diverse activities, from savoring fine wines to experiencing art performances and culinary delights.

The design concept revolves around seamlessly integrating the Cultural Pavilion with the surrounding landscape, thereby creating a harmonious blend of architecture and nature. The Pavilion will serve as a contemporary landmark, drawing inspiration from the rich heritage of the region while embracing innovative architectural elements. A delicate balance is struck through an architecture that is simultaneously complimentary and contrasting with the surrounding landscape, creating a sensitive dialogue with the historic character of Podere Fedespina.

A strong connection with the historic setting of Podere Fedespina’s campus is made through the use of stone and terracotta, traditional materials in the development of historic Lunigiana. While the Pavilion pays homage to the history of Lunigiana through the use of traditional materials, it will also introduce contemporary architectural elements that uplift the spirit of the site. The Pavilion will stand as a testament to the evolution of the landscape, seamlessly blending into its surroundings while offering a refreshing contrast that celebrates innovation and creativity.

The Cultural Pavilion offers versatile spaces that cater to a myriad of activities. It features flexible areas for wine tasting, dining, art exhibitions, music concerts, movie screenings, and educational workshops, and more. On the Upper Level visitors will encounter two separate volumes that sit atop the hill. These volumes act “the Lantern” guiding visitors to the tasting room and event space, and as “The Overlook” a dining pavilion and event venue featuring panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. A set of steps nestled between the volumes leads visitors down to “the Terrace” that integrates seamlessly into the new vineyard surrounding the Pavilion. Here, a multifunctional interior/exterior connection could house a limitless variety of events with the backdrop of barrel storage, wine production, and multi-function spaces beyond. Within the Lower Level are production spaces, offices and utility spaces, a kitchen, and most importantly open storage space to become the stage for the various cultural goings-on of Podere Fedespina.

The guest experience at Podere Fedespina will be elevated as the Pavilion offers not just a venue for wine tasting but a destination for cultural enrichment and relaxation. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the winemaking process, engage with local artists, and indulge in culinary delights crafted from the finest ingredients sourced from the surrounding region.

The Cultural Pavilion at Podere Fedespina embodies the essence of creativity, innovation, and cultural enrichment and aims to further solidify Podere Fedespina as a symbol of excellence in oenotourism and cultural immersion in la Lunigiana.

The proposal redefines the wine tasting experience, transforming it into a multi-functional hub for tasting wines. The project creates a ‘place to be’. A special place where you can enjoy artistic performances and enjoy culinary delicacies, harmoniously integrated into the landscape. It is of great creative interest the way to solve the building that hosts the program and also opens up a space like an outdoor terrace integrated into the terrain, with an arched geometry reminiscent of an informal open amphitheater from where to see wine bottles in confrontation with the landscape. The building integrates with the topography creating a great fusion of the volume and the landscape. The added value of the proposal is that it   integrates the new buildings with the existing ones creating an intelligent extension.

The Pavilion combines traditional materials with innovative architecture, honoring the rich heritage of Lunigiana. The Pavilion offers versatile spaces for wine tastings, meals, art exhibitions, concerts and educational workshops. Its key features include panoramic views, multifunctional spaces for events and areas dedicated to wine production and cultural activities.

This project elevates the visitor’s experience, offering a destination for cultural enrichment and relaxation. The proposal embodies creativity and innovation, consolidating Podere Fedespina as a symbol of excellence in wine tourism and cultural immersion.

Honorable mentions

(ordered by registration code)

Vite, Pietra e Luce
Thomas Navarro, Alessandro Tabita, Esteban Peytou, Tiago Fernandes Gomes [France]

The « Vite, Pietra e Luce » project stands as a vibrant testament to the harmony between architecture and the soul of the vineyard estate. Drawing inspiration from the deep roots of the terroir, our design aims to transcend mere building to become a true embodiment of the surrounding landscape.

The use of fieldstone to construct terraces celebrates the region’s age-old traditions while forging an unbreakable connection with the land that nurtures the vines. These terraces, built in harmony with the natural topography offer magnificent vistas, inviting contemplation and communion with nature. Moreover, these dry stone walls create a conducive environment for biodiversity by providing habitats for a multitude of plant and animal species within their interstices.

In a harmonious dance with the relief of the land, the project seeks to smoothly integrate, following the slope of the land. The roof blends with the landscaped areas, developing a contemplation garden that highlights local species. Its scents, aromas, and colors accompany the user to a belvedere, taking advantage of its commanding position to open up to the grand landscape in an aura of tranquility and contemplation. Our architecture merges with the landscape, preserving panoramic views.

To maintain this relationship with the existing, the proportions of the new building follow those of the existing farm. The plan proposes a separation between servant spaces and served spaces to better prioritize functions and enable a more rigorous management of flows.

The main staircase connects the depths of the estate to its summit. It echoes a skylight bringing natural light into the project. On the first basement level, the public spaces come to life. Offices, a multipurpose hall, and a kitchen are arranged around the restaurant hall. Designed as a major space of the project, due to its centrality, it maintains strong links with the outside through generous openings towards the vineyards to the east and the summer terrace to the west.

Continuing this quest for authenticity, our choice of materials focuses on concrete and stone for building walls and wood for supporting floors, evoking the inherent robustness and warmth of the terroir spirit.

Every detail is considered to celebrate the uniqueness of the place, from the orientation to capture sunlight to the selection of local materials.

The building follows the same material and construction logic as the retaining walls, adapting them to current requirements. It will be entirely constructed with stone walls, reusing stones from the site, combined with doses of lime and cement. Instead of being simply stacked, the wall will be shuttered, built using a technique blending masonry and Cyclopean wall construction. The outer sides facing the vineyards will be carefully stripped until the stone masonry is exposed, while the inner sides will remain raw, reflecting the texture of the shuttering wall.

By fully embodying the essence of the estate, the project aspires to transcend the mere limits of architecture to become a living symbol of the union between the land, wine, and humanity, thus inscribing in the landscape a lasting and meaningful work.

“With its small footprint and integration into the terrain, the building proposes a surprising, sustainable, and efficient interpretation of the task. The rooftop observation point is a strategic choice, but the design of the entrance stairs raises questions about the distinction between open and closed spaces and the nature of the transitions.”

Art & Vine Retreat
Jakub Čerešník, Lukáš Bím, Samuel Andrejčák [Slovakia]

The proposed building complements the existing historic stone buildings that currently serve as short-term accommodation. The proposal presents three distinct views, each unique from different perspectives. This approach demonstrates how architecture can manipulate the perception of space and form, depending on the viewing angle. The western part of the building, which serves as the first contact, is characterized by a large recessed arched opening that houses a wooden pivot door of the same shape. This view contrasts with the other sides of the house – particularly the north side, which reveals the full size of the building and extends the originally perceived size and functional scale of the building. This view also includes the recessed basement level and the long side of the entry building.

The new building takes the form of a typical narrow rural house with a gabled roof, set at the same height level as the existing houses, and consists of one storey. The southern side of the building features folding glazed walls to allow a seamless transition between the interior and exterior, while the northern side has fixed square glazed areas in a regular grid, providing views of the proposed vineyard and the distant mountains.

The lower part of the building is mostly recessed into the ground, with its dominant feature being the roof cantilever, which organically emerges from the contour and forms a groove in the ground in the middle of the vineyard. This shape partly corresponds to the exterior area under the cantilevered roof, which is used for outdoor cultural events. The cantilevered roof has a substrate in which vines are planted, running through the entire property.

Above ground level, a narrow, elongated house serves as the entrance building. It acts as the first point of contact and is divided into functional units that can operate independently or be interconnected. These units are separated by elements with pivot-hinged doors that conceal toilets and storage. The central entrance area, together with a smaller shop selling local produce, forms the centre of the building, where the main circulation core is located with a steel spiral staircase and lift. The western section is dominated by an entrance through a large pivot door and contains a tasting room with a large communal table and views over the countryside. The eastern section is reserved for a 46-seat restaurant, connected to the food preparation area and kitchen in the basement.

The underground part of the building is divided into two layout tracts. The primary serves as a multifunctional hall with a capacity of about 100 people and storage space for wine barrels. It has a direct connection to the exterior and a view of the landscape below the vineyard. The secondary tract includes the kitchen, guest restrooms, office, storage space and wine tasting in dark.

The material solution is also divided into two units. The above-ground part is clad in limestone, a material with a strong tradition and good accessibility in this location. The second unit consists of a underground storey, with exterior walls and a cantilever roof designed in layered concrete. The rough texture, created by using different pigments in the layers, gives the appearance of a cut in the ground.

“Integration into the existing landscape and clear layout of the servant and served spaces. Traditional materials correctly reinterpreted.”

PATERE Fedespina
Paolo Burattini, Aldana Nizza [Spain – Argentina] – Sensagio Arquitectas

PATERE (literally “to be open”) is the Latin verb that generates the word SPATIUM.

POTERE, on the other hand, generates PODERE, indicating material possession, specifically land. Our proposal transitions from PODERE (possession) to PATERE (openness), moving away from enclosing and dominating to embracing and expanding, fostering a more fluid relationship with the Territory.

The Extension seeks a dialogue in continuity with the Historic Existing Building, extending its reach into the surrounding land. The intent is to integrate the landscape with the new required functions. This is achieved by using the gentle slope in front of the Podere as a starting point for the new setup. Instead of building upwards, the project immerses into the landscape, descending to ground level, creating a seamless connection with the terrain.

Closeness is a primary instinct guiding this project, aiming to form a positive interaction between the new and old structures. The new Extension is not isolated but coexists with the historic building. Local stone walls form a firm perimeter, acting as a threshold. Once inside, new walls made of rammed earth enclose the interior spaces while interstitial spaces between the outer perimeter and the interior volumes creates a series of diverse outdoor areas. These volumes open up to the Forest landscape at the bottom of the slope with a series of wooden porticos, making the façade more permeable and enhancing contact with Nature.

Through this approach, the project balances historical continuity with modern functionality, creating a harmonious relationship with the environment.

“Skillful use of material and a focus on sustainability of the project. Relevant interpretation of the assigned theme.”

A Jewel Between Two Forces
Babak Abdolghafari, Natalie IshooNejadian, Forough Seyedi, Saba Pezeshgi, Parsa Movassaghi [Iran] – babakabdolghafari

Wine is an elixir resulting from the balance between two forces:

Creation, light and warmth in the first half of the year,and processing, darkness and coldness in the second.

A Jewel between two forces, in our opinion, should be the architecture of this comprehension:

The core, is the events that are enveloped by a solid stone structure, akin to a protective rampart. Therefore, the project is not to shape a structure, but to create and host events within it.

In our interpretation, rather than compartmentalizing spaces within a volume, we have designed a spacious empty, that, like a living being, can adapt with various unpredictable events, and sheds its skin.

Physical Structure of the main building:

The physical structure of Podere Fedespina is a testament to historical imagination, evoking the image of a stone cave atop a hill, now it is an artifact, surrounded by four directions of the world, ultimately sheltered with a wooden cover.

Its two sides are subtracted, and the other two remain. The two with a roof over them symbolize a contemporary representation of the Mycenaean Lion Gate that is extended in one direction, forming a central axis, like the ancient Nuragic tombs, or Christian churches, a tripartite organization inspired by the Mithraeum, in pursuit of the light from the east. The axis converses with a courtyard buried in the heart of a new vineyard, striving outward and mingling with it.

and vertical organization, like Podere buildings, is aligned with the dual nature of the program, defined in two stories: public programs at the top and wine-related spaces buried in the earth.

The upper story, as an open space, has the flexibility to host large-scale events such as Bancarel’VINO Award or other public programs, and with the semi-open concept of space, it can transform into a local weekly market.

In-between, The stairs are as amphitheater by themselves, The lower story is an exhibition space,
and in its cellar, presents the quadripartite products of Fedespino, in a contemporary narrative of the tectonics of Tomba Dei Giganti, ultimately reaching a courtyard underground. At that moment, it invites eyes saturated with beautiful views of Mulazzo to an empty courtyard but with a frame of an exclusive sky and a standalone vine, because every guest’s gaze on this garden is filled with views of trails of vine trees, but seeing a single vine and a framed sky is a singular experience.


According to the “cultural” term in the initial brief of the “cultural winery”, we believe the sustainability of Podere Fedespina is deeply intertwined with the involvement of indigenous people in building and protecting the winery,
and with this cooperation, it becomes slightly beyond mere private ownership,
both in construction and operation.


Construction has been devised so that part of it is structural-architectural, constructed with dry-stacked stones extracted from nearby mines like Cava Le Tagliate, and the infill part is completed by the hands-on contribution of indigenous people, built as the mechanism of load-bearing walls.

“Incredibly original and evocative presentation. Dualism and contrast between the elements of light and darkness is strongly retained in the architectural concept. Deeply thoughtful and sensitive interpretation of the brief provided a surprisingly new contribution to architectural discourse, moving away from an aesthetic-focused approach and reconnecting with profound meaning embedded in the architectural exploration.”

Within the View
Silvia Rueda Guerrero, Sara Quintero Atehortua, Valentina Trujillo Núñez, Nicolas Velasco Gomez [Colombia]

The project buries itself to open up towards the view, this way the contemporary architecture that characterizes the proposal does not generate a conflict with the existing architecture of the vineyard. From the entrance road to Podere Fedespina and the entrance to the project, only large stone walls are perceived, resembling a state of ruin, camouflaged among the vegetation of the site. A central gallery is defined in the style of a greenhouse that dematerializes to highlight and articulate the main stone volumes. It is only when accessing the project or walking in the new vineyard that the character and definition of contemporary architecture for the new building are perceived. This architecture is achieved through a mix of honest materials such as glass, stone, concrete, steel, and wood, which come together in simple but striking volumes.

The openings in the volumes are completely oriented towards the north-facing forest existing on the site. This exclusive orientation is closed off completely in the east-west direction with large stone walls that, due to their high thermal inertia, absorb heat in winter and protect the greenhouse and the multipurpose room plaza from direct solar incidence in summer. Each volume has a green roof that helps to hide the project from the site access, in addition to acting as a thermal insulator due to its high thermal inertia.

Regarding our sustainable approach, the project is designed with local materials, and for the interior fixed furniture: recovered wood that gives an authentic touch to the spaces of the project. We propose a human-scaled building with a harmonious integration between the interior of the building and the surrounding natural landscape of the vineyard. With spaces that foster and give rise to culture, art in various expressions, music, theater, and local commerce, creating a unique experience in the oenology world. Within the project, the spaces that configure and tension circulation among other spaces are the wine cellar and the tasting room, immersing the user in a sensory journey of wine discovery.

“The proposal is a creative project that fuses the landscape and the building in addition to intelligently solving the constructive theme and the program. The project creates independent volumes, but at the same time linked to each other, obtaining an integrated building with the views of the place, its path and orientation. In addition, the building does not compete with the existing ones. The interior is suggestive since it is solved with different materials correctly combined with textures and materials of the place and of low impact.”

Between Earth and Sky
Aimeric Gauzelin [France]

Everything starts looking towards the three main cores of the Lunigiana region: the mountain, the sky, and in between, the grapevine. Like a grape on the vine, the winery emerges, its roof seamlessly melding with the surrounding grasslands. Concealed within this square roof lies a verdant amphitheater, a tranquil setting for outdoor events. Here, a music concert can fill the air as guests gaze upon the breathtaking landscape below.

The descent to the winery mirrors the orderly rows of the vineyard, with walls that frame the vista, guiding visitors on a journey of introspection before they savor the wines within. The vibrant red concrete pays homage to the roof of Podere Fedespina, infusing the atmosphere with color. A curved window interrupts the angularity of the design, offering a glimpse of the Monte Marmagna, one of Lunigiana’s majestic peaks.

The winery’s orthogonal floor plan is a nod to the traditional architecture of the region, with rooms and doors arranged in a sequence. Thick concrete walls anchor the structure to the earth, blending seamlessly with the mountain itself. Within, spaces for barrel storage, dining, events, and tastings unfold in a series of interconnected squares, each capable of hosting a variety of experiences.
For instance, a Milanese fashion designer can showcase their collection amidst the barrels, while an exhibition of their work unfolds in the light-filled event space. A meal featuring local delicacies awaits in the restaurant, before guests adjourn to the tasting room to sample Podere’s finest offerings.

The tasting room is the heart of the winery. A dome bathes the space with droplets of light in a gentle glow, illuminating oakwood shelves and a terrazzo floor crafted from Carrara marble. Delicate accents of marble punctuate the concrete, underscoring a sense of historical continuity. Above, the upper floor encircles the tasting room, housing a small exhibition area, a library, and administrative spaces. From below the slope, the building emerges like a mountain cliff, the curve of the exterior corridor echoing the nearby trees.

At the end, the winery beckons as a versatile space where visitors can immerse themselves in the landscape and history of Lunigiana, in-between earth and sky.

“The project succeeds in blending into the landscape as a hidden object and creating an interesting natural viewpoint over the mountains.”

Harmony in Vine: A Cultural Ode to Italian Countryside
Hesli Humeniuk, Joao Humeniuk [USA – Brazil]

Our proposal for the cultural winery at Podere Fedespina stands as a testament to the integration between built form and the timeless landscape of the Italian countryside. Drawing from a contemporary approach to the principles of contextualism, our design aims to be a response to it’s surroundings.

Embracing the undulating topography of the site, our approach to integration with the landscape is informed by a deep respect for the genius loci. Materials are meticulously employed to harmonize with the surrounding countryside, while terracing and cascading levels mediate the site’s gently sloping terrain, forging an intimate dialogue between architecture and nature.

The duality of space is a fundamental tenet of our design narrative. At the subterranean level, the inherent thermal properties of the earth are harnessed to create an optimal environment for wine storage, embodying a symbiotic relationship with the land. Ascending to the upper level, the public realm unfolds as a luminous tableau of cultural engagement, offering panoramic vistas of the landscape.

In the pursuit of architectural purity, a minimalist aesthetic pervades our design vocabulary, characterized by clean lines and elemental forms that evoke a sense of timeless elegance. Natural light and ventilation are celebrated as fundamental elements of the visitor experience, imbuing the interior spaces with a sense of serenity and tranquility.

Functionality and flexibility are paramount considerations in the conception of multi-functional spaces. Adaptable to a myriad of activities, from wine tasting to art exhibitions, the design seamlessly integrates movable partitions and modular furniture to accommodate the diverse needs of visitors.

Cultural integration lies at the heart of our design ethos, as we pay homage to the rich tapestry of local history and tradition. Architectural elements and thematic displays serve as conduits for storytelling, weaving a narrative that celebrates the legacy of Italian winemaking and viticultural practices.

In alignment with our commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainable features are seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the design. Passive solar strategies, rainwater harvesting, and green roofs converge to minimize the winery’s ecological footprint while enhancing energy efficiency.

Central to our vision is the cultivation of an immersive visitor experience that transcends the mere appreciation of architecture. Inviting outdoor spaces, including terraced gardens and vineyard walks, invite guests to commune with the beauty of the countryside while gaining insight into the art of winemaking.

In the spirit of inclusivity and accessibility, the design ensures universal access for all visitors, regardless of ability. Ramps are seamlessly integrated to facilitate a welcoming environment for all.

In summary, our architectural proposal for the cultural winery at Podere Fedespina embodies a synthesis of tradition, innovation, and natural beauty – fostering a profound connection between visitors and the timeless heritage of the site.

“The architectural proposal for Podere Fedespina masterfully integrates the winery with the Italian countryside by respecting the site’s undulating topography and local materials, enhancing the dialogue between architecture and the surrounding landscape. This approach is selected for its ability to blend modern design with traditional elements, providing a functional space for wine storage underground while offering a public realm above that maximizes cultural engagement and panoramic views, ensuring a deep connection with the region’s heritage.”

Podere Fedespina Winery
Regaip Adem, Berkay Türk, Pelin Çatıkkaya [Turkey]

‘‘…Cercando un vino abbiamo trovato un grande amore!’’

Nestled in the heart of Italy, Tuscany is captivated not only by its stunning landscapes but also by its rich wine culture. This region has been a source of inspiration for art, architecture, and literature for centuries, embodying romance and elegance. Tuscany’s wineries reflect this cultural and historical richness.

“Winery: A Place of Flavor and Art”

The existing vineyard areas at Podere Fedespina and the new vineyard area to be added are located on two different slopes. In order to establish a visual relationship with these two slopes, a building dominating the vineyards was conceived, which is positioned on both sides of the hill instead of being oriented towards one side of the hill. A single linear mass elegantly touching both sides of the hill emerged. This mass commands unique vineyards and enchanting valley views.

Inspired by the traditional building texture of the region, stone and wood materials were used in the designed wine house. Extending to the vineyard areas, the wine house rises on wooden legs with minimal intervention to the land. The basement floor is separated from the wooden superstructure to make it look like a part of the land. Natural stone material is used on the facade.

Architectural Organization

The wooden section of the structure harmonizes with the surrounding Acacia, Chestnut, and Oak trees. Upon entering the ground floor, visitors are greeted at the reception. The ground floor is designed with an open plan. Directly opposite the reception, the terrace facing northeast offers a panoramic views of the valley. The section of the ground floor facing the new vineyard houses the sales area, wine storage, wine exhibition, and tasting area. On the side of the structure oriented towards the existing vineyards, there is an educational workshop, restrooms, and a café (restaurant). The staircase leading to the administration and cellar in the basement floor is completely surrounded by a vertical wine exhibition.

The ground floor of the building is public, while the basement consists of semi-private and private areas. The cellar at level -3.55 features semi-private spaces such as a relaxation area and a wine cellar. Other places on this floor include private spaces like storage, restrooms, an office, a management room, a staff lounge, and a technical room. A separate entrance and exit is provided for management.

Walking Route

Within the land, a walking route has been created for visitors to connect the existing and new vineyards, the winery, and existing buildings. Along this route, various functions that contribute to production and learning processes are included among the vineyards. These functions include open and semi-open rest areas, workshops, art pieces waiting to be discovered, dining areas, meditation and event spaces.

In summary, Podere Fedespina has evaluated the opportunities offered by the topography, the enchanting scenery and colors of the geography, the impressive landscape with vineyards and green areas, and the different possibilities presented by the architectural program. A holistic design has been developed to respond to all these parameters. Open, semi-open, and closed experiential spaces have been considered to emphasize the “experience” that visitors will have in these spaces. Podere Fedespina is a project integrated with its context and nature, where different experiential spaces are connected at the highest point throughout the land.

“Although exceptionally simple in its volumetric composition, the structural typology and materiality makes it a very distinct and iconic new intervention. Very elegant proposal, sensitive and respectful in its approach to the land, very well presented.”

Podere Fedespina
Leonardo Valenciano Tonon [Brazil]

The concept behind the renovation and the new project was based on slow tourism: a complex where guests can pick fruits from the orchard in the morning during their stay at the original farmhouse while still being close to the activities and experiences of the new facility. The implementation respectfully seeks to maintain the family and welcoming character of Podere.

Embracing the Existing

The form of the new building may look unique, but the symmetry and angle of the existing houses were the starting points. Mirroring the existing layout, the location for the new facility emerged during the initial concept phase. An orchard garden was established where the old pergola was originally located. A new pergola was implemented to house a dining table covered in vegetation, and the pool’s position was adjusted to better communicate with the houses. The balcony of the yellow house was removed to restore the building’s original shape, but the removed dining spaces were compensated for in the garden and the new facility.

Redeeming the Inheritance

For materiality, the new building was designed to be constructed with reused bricks from condemned buildings and ruins commonly found in old Tuscan farms. In addition to its vernacular value, reusing bricks has a smaller carbon footprint. Above the masonry foundation, an independent CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) structure supports the green roof.  In the new project, external staircases were added, protected by eaves, just like in the existing stone house. This addition, besides shaping the form of the building, creates scenic routes around the project.

Brand New

The new 1,300 sqm headquarters is equipped with storage for 15,000 liters of wine, integrated with a tasting room, a wine bar restaurant, a professional kitchen, a complete service facility, and a multi-use space that can host events for 150 people, such as music concerts, art exhibitions, performances, ceramic workshops, and cooking classes.

Outside the new building, one cannot help but be captivated by the cinematic views the site’s ridges offer. Therefore, it seemed pertinent to implement an observation tower. Standing at 20 meters high, visitors will enjoy an unobstructed 360º view, extending even towards the Alpi Apuane.

“The project is original in its integration with the context, featuring two volumes that address the topography with an underground plinth. Moreover, the proposal of buildings does not compete with existing structures due to the roofs and position; they embrace them. Knowing how to correctly position buildings is a value, and this project offers a very creative solution for placing the program. Additionally, the gesture of not creating a single building but rather keeping them close without touching each other demonstrates a special sensitivity. The use of opaque materials combined with glass is considered appropriate for have complete views, creating an interior with a very suggestive atmosphere. The graphical representation is highly attractive.”

Garden of Dionysos
Wang Yixin [China]

Based on an ancient Greek amphitheatre, the architectural proposal defines the new centre of the winery as a garden theatre imbued with the spirit of Dionysus. Wine tasting and open-air activities take place in the theater center. The scheme is designed from the central garden, the circular area is the wine tasting area, one walks from the path next to the original building, only to see the slightly lowered Burgundy eaves, which arouses the curiosity of the visitors, so that they can continue to discover the area guided by the entrance wall; Through the entrance, people will experience the transformation process from dark and narrow to bright and open space. The central garden has a strong spiritual attribute, and the single-slope roof building has a strong sheltered attribute. As an auxiliary functional area, it contains a variety of places such as kitchen, dining room and meeting room, which can meet the needs of visitors and staff. The scheme distinguishes the underground from the ground through two staircases separated by a wall. The underground is the wine storage and brewing area, which can meet the needs of visitors to learn the whole process of wine making.

As for the selection of building materials, the project chooses Burgundy material, which brings different experiences through the different material roughness on the top and bottom of the pitched roof building. In the sunlight, the Burgundy stucco paint diffuses the sunlight, and the strong shadow covers every guest. The bright garden and the wonderful wine tasting experience make people experience the so-called “Dionysian spirit” in ancient Greece. Revel in the Dionysian Theater.

“Simplicity and sophistication meet in a concept that is as strong as it is effective. Choice of colours and landscaping appropriate to the context.”


(ordered by registration code)

Vineyard Layers
Ha Giang Bien Do, Tai Le [Vietnam] – tailearch

Between the Trees
Andreas Amdahl [Norway]

Vaulted Vistas
Xavier Morneau, Clara Neff [Canada – Germany]

Harvest Loggia
Alexander Ryabskiy, Ksenia Kharitonova, Stepan Dorokhov [Italy] – FAS(t)

In the Between
Filippo Caturegli, Anita Bonfanti [Italy]

Ground of the Place
Asya Markosyan, Yegor Legkov [Russia] – archives0

Cultural Winery: Blurring the lines between the contemporary, the historical and nature
João Pedro Morelli, Ana Letícia Tiemi Takiguti [Brazil]

Dentro le Trame
Sandrino Jan Deiana, Francesco Crocchini [Italy – Poland]

Revealing Encounters
Pietro Mellano, Andrea Loi, Andrea Lombardi [Italy]

VINE STUMP: Fedespina Gallery
Soufien Benmehdi [France]


Fedespina Modular Hub
Paolo Mercorillo [Ireland]


VINO – Vernacular Inspired Nature Oriented
Andrea Somma, Ton Van Giessen, Michela Sutter [Italy – Netherlands]



Lo Strato
Jinhyeok Hwang, Wonjun Choi, Jiwon Park [South Korea]



The Vine Canopy
Kerem Ganiç, Özge Üstündağ Ganiç, Cansu Bulduk, Mert Kalkan, Muhammet Kahraman [Turkey]

Una Dionisiaca Moderna
Nicolas Bertière Viviani, Amélie Messina [France]

A Walk in the Clouds
Ruofan Lin, Yiyang Wang [China]


Sensory Wine Center
Luca Medici [Italy]

Interwoven – Cultural Winery: Podere Fedespina
Arthur Machado Dinis, Trung Ngo Ba, Kenzo Furumoto de Oliveira [Brazil – Vietnam]

The Third Podere
Kemal Bal, Erol Kalmaz, Nil Biçak, Büşra Yavuz [Turkey] – mimarlik isleri

Bahaa Zein, Polina Moroz, Elena Meliakova [Italy]

Vigna Nesso
Agustín Vila Centurión, Belén Marzal Ruano [Uruguay – Spain] – Sanber Studio

Christoph Buchsteiner, Laurenz Hoche, Lukas Wirth, Philipp Grassl [Austria]


Fedespina Frames 
Allan Mulvad Kristensen, Lukas Floren [Denmark – Sweden] – Arkitema

From Soil to Grape
Paolo Cesaretti, Marilde Bianco, Gabriela Vasileva [Italy – Bulgaria] – Paolo Cesaretti Arch-

Communal Stones
Adrien Rouchet [Sweden]

Vino E Teatro
Bastien Pinçon [France]

Ruslan Gaidukevich, Askar Daurbekov [Kazakhstan]

Winery at Podere Fedespina
Piotr Gontowski, Henry Höcherl, Giacomo Biotti [Poland – Germany – Italy] – piotr gontowski


Tuscany Winery
Enchao Xi, Zhikang Wang [China]

The Podere Circuit
Deniz Akyurek, Eflatun Fikret Ono [Turkey – Japan] – Box and Dots

Cultural Winery Results