bergmeisterwolf architekten: Growing out - Hotel Pacherhof new cellar - best architects 20

bergmeisterwolf architekten

Growing out - Hotel Pacherhof new cellar

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Place

Neustift-Vahrn, Italy

Photos

Gustav Willeit

Description

The new wine cellar, docked to the existing, historic pillared cellar with a tunnel-like stairwell, extends seamlessly underground and is integrated with the sloped terrain. The extension is used for the production of wine while, inside, the rough grain of the plaster walls contrasts with the stainless-steel tanks. At the highest angle of the site, a funnel-shaped polygonal tower, cladded in bronze panels, emerges from the site, playing with the mountain peaks. It contains an office and tasting room on the upper level and grape harvesting machinery on the lower. The entrance to the cellar is emphasised by a concrete wall which also works as a junction: on one side it directs visitors to the parking area and on the other it runs along a ramp leading to the new underground cellar. New and old now find continuity: the oak barrels and the steel tanks, the old vaults and the extension are now connected by a journey that moves from tradition to innovation.