Tenuta Ammiraglia,
Località La Capitana, Grosseto, Italy

A strip of earth seems to be raised to open a thin longitudinal fissure in the natural slope of the land, favouring maximum integration in the landscape context of the underground architecture designed by Ivo Sartogo for the Marchesi Frescobaldi winery. Only the metal blade, with a zinc-titanium cover, emerges from the earth, appearing like the eyelid of an eye whose gaze opens towards the valley.

Inside, conceived as a large room whose functional articulations have the value of furnishing elements, the glulam ceiling dominates.

The entire structure is supported by steel pillars, which form the vertical frame, and beams, also in steel, for the roof, with a secondary glulam frame. The complexity of the underground intervention involved the construction of floors capable of withstanding the high loads of the earth, with the aim of both insulating the cellar in a natural way and favouring its complete integration with the surrounding landscape.

Project: Studio Architetti Associati Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon

"In Italy, the culture of the hypogeum, of architecture that develops underground, should become more and more established. In my project, I raised the contour of the hill, and the landscape remains intact."

Piero Sartogo, Architect


Piero Sartogo


After his apprenticeship in the studio of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus, in 1971 he realised the building of the Ordine dei Medici in Rome, which immediately became one of the monuments of contemporary architecture. Piero Sartogo has his own idea of architecture expressed in numerous publications. Sartogo has organised not only his activity as a designer around this concept, but also his teaching activity, which has seen him engaged between Italy and America.

Integration of the load-bearing structure, steel roof and glulam ceiling.

Excellent cooperation with the designer in the construction development of the intervention and with the contractor of the intervention, due to the short construction time (three months).

170.000 kg

the weight of the steel structure that forms the backbone of the cellar

350 mc

the volume of glulam used for the roof

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