The project is located in the Isarco valley near the Novacella abbey built in the 12th century. here the monks used to produce wine from the nearby fields. later many farms started their own wine business. pacherhof was the first but some documents show that their wine cellar was working before the construction of the monastery. this is why pacherhof is now classified as an asset of high architectural and cultural value.
from the historic cellar, through a staircase and a tunnel, you reach the new trapezoidal-shaped cellar below the existing land. in the highest corner of the plot emerges a pyramidal tower, clad in bronze panels that becomes part of the landscape contrasting with the peaks of the mountains. the tower houses an office and a tasting room on the upper floor. from here the winemaker can enjoy a view that embraces the vineyards, the old farm and the surrounding landscape.
on the first floor, the bunches of grapes are harvested and then transported to the basement through an opening in the floor. in the basement, the production takes place.
the openings of the tower have no frame or shading, but are flush with the bronze panels, while the glass is treated with a bronzed effect. the aim is to create a solid, pure, monolithic geometric volume.
the entrance to the cellar is marked by a concrete wall which has two functions: on the one hand it serves to direct the visitor towards the car park, and on the other it accompanies the ramp leading to the new cellar.
the choice of materials reinforces the contrast between the old and the new cellar: on the one hand the raw plaster and the metal for the extension on the other hand the smooth plaster and wood for the old cellar.
the old vaults and the new forms of expansion, the grey plaster of the existing cellar and the raw plaster of the new one establish relationships capable of highlighting the historical, cultural and sensory value of the intervention.