Created by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects, Italy
Wow, this is certainly a building with a difference. It can only be described as futuristic and looks more closely associated with science fiction than the manufacture of alcohol. In fact, this is the space age design of the ‘Nardini Grappa Distillery’in,Vicenza, Italy
The complex was completed in 2004 by innovative architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas.
Futuristic Architectural Design – Nardini Grappa Distillery
Love it or hate it this fascinating futuristic architectural design can’t fail to get noticed. The composition is unique. Two massive oval forms appear suspended above a shallow pool of water. These glass and metal pods are supported on angular legs or stilts and look like something from the ‘War of the Worlds’ film set. These transparent forms are actually the laboratories for the distillery. By day they appear quite heavy and brooding despite their large glass content. By night they seem quite ethereal as their substance disappears into the shadows.
Visitors to the site are able to wander freely over paths that traverse the tranquil pool. The experience of being so close to this awe inspiring architecture must be quite ‘other worldly’ and exciting. A further glass enclosed ramped walkway descends into a specialist auditorium formed below the pool. The water is an important part of the whole complex. This natural element enhances the appearance of the fabricated structures. The water also acts as a natural barrier guiding guests to areas of interest but preventing them from wandering randomly. Lights are installed under the pool to create a dramatic shimmering effect which unites all the reflective elements of the futuristic architectural design.
Architecture from the Future
The transition between the areas above the water to those that are submerged is made more intense due to the memorable journey through the surface of the water. The change in architectural forms is marked. Everything above the pool focuses on the two theatrical curvilinear forms. However the underground cavernous construction is composed of straight edge geometry and solid angular planes. The transparency of the higher levels gives way to the dense solidity of the protective concrete below. Glass elements aid the perceptual shift and also help to unify the two areas.
The lower areas of the futuristic architectural design are brilliantly illuminated and also have a visual connection to outside through the huge window in the auditorium. So in fact the sense of being underground is surprisingly just an illusion.
Futuristic interior design
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: Bassano Del Grappa, Vicenza, Italy