16010CM
Monforte d’Alba Piemonte


The structural idea of the project comes from the need to respect the language of the Langhe on the outside, and the desire to develop new spatial research in the inside.
The structure thus becomes the load-bearing skeleton of the building, and above all the element through which the space is generated and divided.
A large pitched roof in concrete generates two canopies, and is supported by inclined steel pillars, by the canopies themselves and by bodies that contain the vertical elements, such as the elevator and the physical plant systems.
The horizontal forces are balanced by the related parts of the inclined pillars and by three perimeter partitions, with different orientations, that extend to the lower level, where they convey the load down to the foundation.
The basement level contains the continuation of the sloping steel pillars in similar vertical concrete pillars.
The roof is thus the starting point for the entire project, marked by the presence of a ridge beam and the torsional resistance provided by the underlying system of concrete shells that form the canopies, boxed elements capable of organizing the space below and containing secondary spaces.
(Credits ©DIMA)
The canopy that extends lengthwise is spaced by the presence of four concrete diaphragms, which stiffen the zones of connection between the horizontal structure of the roof-canopy system and the vertical structure that supports it. The two pediments placed at the extremities of the roof are broken down and shifted on the various levels, corresponding to the planes of positioning of the diaphragms.
(Credits ©MikaelOlsson)
(Credits ©MikaelOlsson)
The uphill pediment vanishes in the left part of the pitch, permitting the creation of a large sheltered but open space, with the function of an area for the delivery of the grapes. The downhill pediment, instead, is structure on three levels and contributes to support the roof pitches.
The ground floor volume is bordered by continuous glazing, at a height varying between 2.2 and 2.7 meters, depending on whether it is below the pediments or edged by the pitch itself. It is a curtain conceived as an independent part that divides the heated space of the ground floor from the outdoor sheltered space.
Its flexibility, dictated by the structure of the roof, permits the creation of passages and terraces of various proportions. The inclined pillars inside this volume have a slope dictated by the need to connect the regular grid on the semi-basement level with the most suitable points to provide support for the roof-canopy system
FACTS

Design team + Construction Supervision
FONDAMENTA + Matteo Clerici
Collaborators: Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra

Interior Design
Matteo Clerici, hus

Structural engineering
B&C Associati (Prof. Ing. Antonio Capsoni)

Consultants
Progettazioni Impianti & Servizi (Hvac Engineering)
Integra Soluzione (Mep Engineering)
Dott. Gabriele Margiaria (Geologo)

Contractor
Cogefa Spa (Construction company)

Client
Società Agricola 5 sogni srl

Building data
Site Area 5140 sqm
Gross Floor Area 1595 sqm
Number of Levels: 3

Chronology
Design: November 2016 – May 2017
Construction: July 2017 – July 2020

Typology
Winery
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2016
16010CM
Monforte d'alba Piemonte
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2021
21035M30
Via Meli, Milano, Italy
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2020
20027FIGURA
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18018EH_RP01
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18018EH_RP02
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2018
18015CP11
Bergamo, Italy
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2018
18019HM
Montagnola, Lugano, Switzerland
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2018
18018EH_SR
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
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2015
15009LM
Via Lamarmora, Milano, Italy
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PROSPECTIVES, Bartlet Journal. Issue 02
The Algorithmic Form. Office Fondamenta.
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TRACCE, Milano, IT
Episode 008. Building Virtuality .
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Architetture. Affresco Italiano. Seminary FORM.
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BARTLET B-pro, London, UK
The Algorithimc form
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FONDAMENTA was born in 2016, it’s run by Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi e Federico Rossi and is based in Milan, Italy.

Milan-based FONDAMENTA was founded by Francesca Gagliardi and Federico Rossi. Strong is the belief in research and experimentation applied to construction where building is the end to which architecture must strive to become itself and technology the tool used to reach this result. FONDAMENTA questions conventions and supports contradictions. Fascination for structure and freedom from dogma represent the premises for the research; Structure traces space, organizes the program and generates the building. Governance of architecture through technology is believed to be the key to the creation of an organism.Technology drives efficiency, precision and control through the entire process. In 2019 the studio completed its first new building, the Winery of Monforte d’Alba, and is currently dealing with different scale projects, starting from a domestic infrastructure masterplan in Val di Noto, Sicily. Surrealism reigns supreme. FONDAMENTA believes in synergies between professional and academic worlds. Invited to lecture and publish on several international institutions and platforms, starting from September 2022 FONDAMENTA will be teaching as academic guest at ETH - Zürich.


Collaborators
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Francesco Telesa, Francesco Pusterla.
from 2016
Diana Spagnulo, Tommaso Tugnoli, Dario Biscaro, Gabriele Pagani, Marina Montresor, Caterina Spadoni, Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra.
Francesca Gagliardi was born in 1987 Milan, Italy. She studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland gaining her diploma in 2012. She worked for Aires Mateus in Lisbon - Portugal, Ensamble Studio - Anton Garcia Abril in Madrid - Spain, and Christian Kerez, Zurich - Switzerland. In 2016 she co-founded FONDAMENTA.

Federico Rossi was born in 1987 Como, Italy.
He studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia Mendrisio and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition.
From 2013 to 2015 worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, CH being responsible of international Project. From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsable for the Studio PROJECT BERLIN 200.000 Housing Units for Berlin, at ETH, Zurich and based in Berlin, Germany.
In 2019, together with J.Kacani, H. Killer, G. Ledermann he has been responsible of the Chair of Christian Kerez running his personal Studio STUDIO PANORAMA: 14 Views on Contemporary Architecture at ETH, Zurich, CH.
FONDAMENTA was born in 2016, it’s run by Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi e Federico Rossi and is based in Milan, Italy.

Milan-based FONDAMENTA was founded by Francesca Gagliardi and Federico Rossi. Strong is the belief in research and experimentation applied to construction where building is the end to which architecture must strive to become itself and technology the tool used to reach this result. FONDAMENTA questions conventions and supports contradictions. Fascination for structure and freedom from dogma represent the premises for the research; Structure traces space, organizes the program and generates the building. Governance of architecture through technology is believed to be the key to the creation of an organism.Technology drives efficiency, precision and control through the entire process. In 2019 the studio completed its first new building, the Winery of Monforte d’Alba, and is currently dealing with different scale projects, starting from a domestic infrastructure masterplan in Val di Noto, Sicily. Surrealism reigns supreme. FONDAMENTA believes in synergies between professional and academic worlds.
Invited to lecture and publish on several international institutions and platforms, starting from September 2022 FONDAMENTA will be teaching as academic guest at ETH - Zürich.


Collaborators
Nicholas Compagnoni, Alberto Smaldone, Chiara Carraro, Luca Redaelli, Francesco Telesa, Francesco Pusterla.
from 2016
Diana Spagnulo, Tommaso Tugnoli, Dario Biscaro, Gabriele Pagani, Marina Montresor, Caterina Spadoni, Matteo Broggini, Alessandro Zanella, Margherita Massafra.
Francesca Gagliardi was born in 1987 Milan, Italy. She studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland gaining her diploma in 2012. She worked for Aires Mateus in Lisbon - Portugal, Ensamble Studio - Anton Garcia Abril in Madrid - Spain, and Christian Kerez, Zurich - Switzerland. In 2016 she co-founded FONDAMENTA.



Federico Rossi was born in 1987 Como, Italy.
He studied Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland and at KTH Stockholm, Sweden gaining his diploma in 2012. In 2012 co-founded OSA, Associazione Studenti Accademia Mendrisio and in 2013 he co-published the research ATLAS How we Learn to stop Worrying and Love the Tradition.
From 2013 to 2015 worked at Christian Kerez office, Zurich, CH being responsible of international Project. From 2015 to 2019 he has been Assistent for Christian Kerez Chair, at the first year and Master at ETH, Zurich, CH. In 2016 he co-founded FONDAMENTA.
In 2018 together with H.Killer he has been responsable for the Studio PROJECT BERLIN 200.000 Housing Units for Berlin, at ETH, Zurich and based in Berlin, Germany.
In 2019, together with J.Kacani, H. Killer, G. Ledermann he has been responsible of the Chair of Christian Kerez running his personal Studio STUDIO PANORAMA: 14 Views on Contemporary Architecture at ETH, Zurich, CH.

Federico Rossi , Francesca Beatrice Gagliardi
Nicholas Compagnoni - Alberto Smaldone - Chiara Carraro - Luca Redaelli - Tommaso Tugnoli - Francesco Telesa.
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