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Fontanafredda Cave - Fondazione Mirafiore


Fontanafredda royal caves developed from the second half of the XIX century. The main storehouses have been recovered to host the Emanuele di Mirafiore Foundation, a new institution devoted to wine culture: a theatre, a library/bookshop and a restaurant are gathered in the same location, to provide a unique experience.

The part close to the entrance is a thematic path, lined by books on the on side and by wine bottles on the other. This leads to the main focal point of the ambiance – the wooden theatre: a wooden framework elliptically-shaped provide an auditorium for conferences and shows, but a place to sit and taste wine as well. It appears a sort of an ancient theatre machinery, where everybody takes part on the show: the lecturer on the stage and the public sitting on the high seats; it should be closed and soundproofed by velvet curtain or let open and visible by the entire space.

The second focal point is the restaurant, a square space surrounded by lunch counters.


Address: Serralunga d'Alba, (Cuneo)
Year of realization: 2010
Surface: 800 mq
Works amount: 1.000.000,00 €
Customer Fontanafredda S.r.l.
Designers G. Ambrosini, C. Catino, P. Gatti, C. Grometto, M. Penna
Performances Progetto e direzione lavori

“DDN Design Diffusion”, n. 190 dicembre 2012

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