19-acre vineyard tops Rafael Viñoly’s Florence airport expansion

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The design of a 50,000 sq m terminal for Florence Airport has been unveiled by Rafael Viñoly Architects, complete with a 19-acre rooftop vineyard.

Thirty-eight rows of vines will be planted in concrete pots, and the wine they produce will be aged on-site in cellars.

The vinyard will also help to camouflage the terminal, improving the view from Brunelleschi’s Duomo and other Florentine vantage points.

A central “piazza” will be created in the terminal, and the airport’s runway will be replaced by a longer one, built at a 90° angle to the surrounding hills.

The terminal will be linked to Florence by multiple transport options, including an as-yet unbuilt light rail system.

The terminal will be built in two phases, the first with the deadlines of 2026 and 2035. When fully complete, it will accommodate 5.9 million passengers a year.

Speaking in 2022, the year before he died, Rafael Viñoly said: “Florence is a place where things become permanent landmarks because they have a fundamental sense of internal logic and quality.

“Because the airport, which is the door to the city and its culture, is so extremely close to the city centre, this must be an urbanistic project, not an isolated design exercise that is divorced from everything but the technical demands of aviation and the competition for passengers.”

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  1. Love Florence. Hope there will be direct flights from Phoenix -Florence and Bologna are my two very favorite Italian cities. Ciao!

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