A Mark in the Vineyard

architectural office bergmeisterwolf
project New Wine Cellar Pacherhof, Neustift - Vahrn, Italy
written by Vera Grimmer


The duty of architecture is to reveal the spirit of a place by modifying. Vittorio Gregotti, foreword to the French edition of Il territorio dell’architettura, 1982. The Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol is an especially privileged European region, as a result of its location between the cultural spheres of Central Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as its favourable climate conditions – one might almost say that the grapevines and the palm trees both grow at the foot of the Dolomites. A favourable economic context, educated clients and politicians aware of the fact that quality architecture can advance the development of the region – all of these conditions foster architecture of great quality. The South Tyrolean architects were educated at various universities – in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, but also in Venice and at the ETH in Zurich – which is a great precondition for the diversity of their concepts. The bergmeisterwolf architects were educated in Venice and Innsbruck, but also at the Politecnico di Milano and the AA school in London. In their work, they respect the cultural landscape and the architectural heritage, but not in a mimetic way, but rather in a bold and transformative manner. In developing the project of the new wine cellar at the traditional hotel Pacherhof, next to the small town Neustift (Novacella), they united both of these qualities.