Wine architecture in Trentino
South Tyrolean architecture reflects the area’s difficult history of violence and change. In these modern times, the South Tyrol-Trentino region can claim a variety of styles, where the ancient traditions live alongside highly modern ideas in a symbiosis of contrasts that make this area even more special.
One of the materials most widely used by local industry is wood, with its many processing techniques and multiple applications, respectful of both nature and tradition.
The tour visits a number of interesting museum structures and the so-called “Wine Highway” including meetings with a number of local designers who will accompany us on some of the visits.
The tour includes:
Castel Tirolo and the provincial museum of Tyrolean history and culture (Markus Scherer, Walter Angonese, Klaus Hellweger – 2004)
The Salewa corporation building (Cino Zucchi Architetti, Park Associati – 2011)
Merano Hot Springs (Matteo Thun – 2005)
Along the Wine Highway:
Cantina Nals Margreid at Nalles (Markus Scherer – 2011). Outstanding architecture, exceptional wines: at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, the Nals Margreid Winery received an award for its refurbished and extended building – and also collected the Gambero Rosso award for the best wine in the framework of SpaziodiVino 2010/2012.
Winecenter at Caldaro (Feld72 – 2006). The new building is at the entrance to CALDARO, at the end of a row of wine-cellar buildings, directly on the wine route. As a landmark on the way from BOLZANO to Lago di Caldaro, it takes into consideration both the mobile aesthetics of the 21st century as well as the local identity. The heights of the monolithic corpus mediate between the tall main building built in 1911 and smaller buildings added in recent decades, creating an intimate courtyard through its L-shaped floor plan.
Cantina produttori Colterenzio at CORNAIANO (Bergmeister & Wolf – 2012). The idea underlying the new architectural and artistic plans pursued by Michaela Wolf and Gerd Bergmeister is to represent the main activity of Colterenzio: wine production. Clearly visible from the outside, the detailed work in wood and steel successfully conveys the strong link between tradition and technology. The wood used to cover one of the buildings symbolizes the oak barrels that are a significant part of the wine-making tradition at Colterenzio.
Cantine Tramin at TERMENO (Werner Tscholl – 2010). Constantly permeated by light, overlooking the valley with green arms that completely surround the vineyards, it watches over the changing seasons in serene contemplation.
Cantine Manincor (Walter Angonese and Rainer Köberl – 2002). The cellar was constructed entirely below ground beneath the vineyard adjacent to the historical manor house. With the slanting walls and the arrangement of the ceilings the architecture takes account of the topography of the vineyard.
At BOLZANO, Museion, Contemporary Art Museum (KSV – 2008). Museion is an open, fluid museum that combines the flexibility and open approach of an artistic workshop with the characteristics of a classic gallery and exhibition venue. The building is a cube 54 meters long, 25 meters high and 23 meters wide, with transparent front and rear façades that create a link between the historic centre, the new city, and the grassy banks of the Talvera river that is both physical and symbolic.
At TRENTO, MUSE, Science Museum (RBPW – 2012). On the site of a former Michelin factory, the most striking feature of this new sustainable building designed by Renzo Piano is the sloping roof, which simulates the steepness of mountain slopes.
At ROVERETO, MART, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (M. Botta, 2002). MART Rovereto is housed in a building designed by the Ticino-born architect, Mario Botta, in collaboration with Giulio Andreolli, an engineer from Rovereto. The building’s center of gravity is the large glass and steel dome above the central access plaza to the Museum.