Antinori Winery

An example of underground and sustainable architecture 100% integrated in the Tuscan landscape

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Antinori Winery

An example of sustainable architecture, integrated with the Tuscan landscape.

The Antinori family and Archea Associati have pursued, through architecture, the enhancement of the Tuscan landscape as an expression of local cultural and sacred traditions of wine production. This video course explains, in detail, the design and construction process of the “Cantina Antinori” in Bargino, Tuscany. The program for this multi-functional building designed by Italian architects Archea Associati includes a winery, a cultural center for visitors, a restaurant and the Antinori company headquarters. Through this course you will come to understand the process of site selection, the link between architecture and its surrounding landscape, the use of traditional Italian building materials in contemporary construction, and how the site is used as a natural source of energy for an industrial facility built underground.


  1. You will acquire knowledge of the process of site selection, the history of the project and the link between landscape architecture and wine production.
  2. After the course, you will be able to explain the choices behind the urban planning and the site design of the Antinori project.
  3. You will explore topics related to the exploitation of natural energy in the new building for “Cantine Antinori”, such as bioclimatic-oriented design and methods for increasing the efficiency of artisanal spaces.
  4. You will improve your knowledge of potential applications of customized elements and traditional materials in contemporary projects.

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Studio Archea

Arch. Laura Andreini, a founding partner of the Archea firm, Andreini graduated with honours from the Architecture Faculty of Florence in 1990, completing her PhD at the same university in 1997 with the final discussion of her dissertation titled “The permanence of the concept of proportion from Renaissance to Modernism through the model of the Florentine palace”. Her PhD supervisor was Antonio D’Auria, with whom she began cooperating in 1992 within the context of the course in interior architecture and decoration. This represented the beginning of an intense activity in the field of teaching, which has continued over the years, parallel to her work as an architect and researcher.

Arch. Marco Casamonti, founding partner of the Archea firm, Casamonti graduated with honours in 1990, winning a competition announced by the architecture faculty of Genoa the following year and receiving a study grant within the context of the PhD in architectural planning. He received his PhD from the architecture faculty of Genoa in 1994 with a dissertation titled “History and Design, a central issue in the architectural debate of the post-war years”.He began cooperating with various architecture firms already before graduating, including that of Professor Paolo Portoghesi. In 1988, after working together on the competition for the “recovery of the Murate prisons”, he founded the Archea firm with Laura Andreini and Giovanni Polazzi, commencing an intense professional activity.

Arch. John Polazzi, after graduating in architecture with top marks from the University of Florence, Polazzi obtained his PhD in architectural and urban planning at the same University with a dissertation titled “Raffaello Fagnoni Florentine Architect – Analysis of a career divided between teaching and professional activities”. In 1988 he founded the Archea firm, conducting planning and research in the fields of architecture, town planning and industrial design. In the course of the years Polazzi has been professor under contract at the architecture faculty of the University of Genoa where he has taught interior architecture, and at the architecture faculty of Parma where he has taught architectural planning. At present he holds a professorship at the architecture faculty of the University of Florence, heading ‘architecture planning workshop.

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Studio: Archea associati
Marco Casamonti, architect
Laura Andreini, architect
Giovanni Polazzi, architect

Via Cassia per Siena, 133 Loc. Bargino 50026
San Casciano Val di Pesa, Firenze

+43° 36’ 43.30”, +11° 11’ 29.76”

Allegra Antinori, Marchesi Antinori

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