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Project aims to combine innovation with Tuscan winemaking tradition

Architectural office Rafael Viñoly
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The new terminal at Amerigo Vespucci International Airport in Florence is to have an eight-hectare vineyard on the roof. The 38 rows of vines are to be planted on the pitched roof and the grapes processed in the cellars below. The futuristic project was designed by the New York architecture firm Rafael Viñoly and aims to combine innovation with Tuscan winemaking tradition.

Planning the infrastructure requires a complex concept in which special consideration must be given to weight distribution, the drainage system and wind load resistance. As the microclimate on the roof differs significantly from that of a conventional vineyard, there are also challenges in terms of heat regulation.

The opening of the first area is planned for 2026, with completion scheduled for 2035.

(ru / Gambero Rosso)

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