The architectu­re of wine by Zitomori in Tuscany


The leitmotif of a project by Zitomori (Hikaru Mori and Maurizio Zito) for the Cantina Masseto winery in Bolgheri (Livorno) is the quarry – a place that owes its form to past extraction activities. The result is well-integrated into the landscape and the only visible parts are the pre-existing house and a new oxidised black concrete path that cuts through the green hillside to the cellar entrance. The cellar itself is nearly all undergroun­d, monolithic, intimate and mysterious architectu­re in a series of volumes embedded into each other, with walls in unfaced reinforced concrete cast in situ and lights sunken into the floor.

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