"Val di Mezzane" is part of the territory of "Valpolicella", very famous place in all over the world for its scenery and its wine.
The "appassimento" is an ancient and unique method typical of Valpolicella. In the centuries this tecnique has been perfected, and now it is the feature that marks the huge wines of Valpolicella, like "Amarone" and "Recioto".
The wine is a mixture between the earth and its resources, the energy of the sun and the man and his work : the architecture of the "fruttaio" is the proof of this ancient culture, it's sign of awareness and attention to an uninterrupted research of balance between the human being and his space.
To obtain an exellent wine it's important not to forget also the smallest detail; for this reason the "frutteto" is arranged to pledge a stable ventilation of the grapes, so that the temperature inside the loft changes step by step.
the casing is characterized by a cover made of recycled wood planks that "dematerializes" and makes the volume more etherial.
The drawing was made thinking of the local barns, places where appassimento has been made for centuries.
The new volume is horizzontally developed and set up on a rectangular map, it has a /framed bearing structure/ that is harmoniously matched with the local historic farm buildings. The contemporany nature of the intervention is seen from the particular treatment of the /moved crosshatched walls/, that were realized with suspension platforms that makes a correct circulation of air.
The insulation has a thermal insulation systems made of natural cork.