La Rocca WineryGavorrano, Italy
Situated on a hill in Tuscany surrounded by vineyards, the La Rocca winery revisits traditional forms of Tuscan architecture within a modern, industrial-inspired structure.
The scheme is essentially composed of an open piazza, a glass pavilion and a cellar, which is the heart of the project. The cellar is a large underground hall, arranged like an amphitheatre, with a capacity of 2,500 oak barrels.
The scarlet tower that tops the building and that can be seen from miles around supports three circular mirrors that direct light down into the cellar.
The glass pavilion houses administrative and commercial spaces and is open to visitors.
In its choice of materials, principally glass and terracotta, the building itself represents the mix of industrial and traditional processes in winemaking today.