Tuscany in the “top five” thanks to the Archea Associati project in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, carried out in collaboration with Aba Arredamenti
A European “Oscar” for architecture has arrived in Tuscany. The continental “Mies van der Rohe Award,” awarded by an international jury in Barcelona, will arrive in our region after a project carried out by the Archea Associati and the Aba Arredamenti for the Cantina Antinori in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. This structure nudged its way into a pool of works – all from Northern Europe – varying from the Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin in Poland to the Nautical Museum of Helsingør in Denmark, but also including the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre in London and the Ravensburg Art Museum in Germany.
The reasoning behind this award is that the company project successfully “united a building with a rural landscape” by cutting through the building and creating an interesting interplay between internal and external light. The accomplishment becomes even more prestigious when considering that the initial shortlist contained over 440 projects.
Owner of Aba Arredamenti Roberto Giaccherini said, “Our contribution to the construction of the Cantina Antinori is a source of pride for our company because it allowed us the opportunity to participate in the creation of a structure that received consecration and applause at the most important European awards ceremony for architecture.”
This is a European award but the “doors” are also open to South America. Aba Arredamenti will now move to Venezuela, where they are planning a new chain inspired by Italy’s and Arezzo’s artisanal traditions and excellence.