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Nardini Headquarters

Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

Europa | Bassano del Grappa

The Distilleria Nardini is enlarging to include a new auditorium, in an underground area, and two transparent elliptical structures that hover above a stretch of water surrounded by American oaks planted in the seventies. A ramp leads visitors to a below-ground section with rough-cut walls whose “skylights” give onto the water feature filtering light from above.  The entrance, theatre and other spaces have been dug out of a bank of alluvional gravel.
The most striking feature of the complex, however, is the two, different size “bubbles”. Set at an angle to each other, they rest on slender slanting columns rising from the reinforced concrete walls of the underground hall. “The whole project needed a base and a backbone. The slanting elevator immediately appeared the solution”, says Massimiliano Fuksas. Built on a steel slab, the staircase crosses the water, linking two worlds: one,...

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