Tue, 14 September 2021

Cantina Nervi: a spectacular winery between history, architecture and innovation

The application context

Founded in 1906 by Luigi Nervi, the "Cantina Nervi" is the oldest wine-growing area of ​​the Gattinara DOCG. With a total area of ​​almost thirty hectares at the base of Monte Rosa, it was taken over in April 2018 by Roberto Conterno, winemaker at the helm in the Langa of the Giacomo Conterno winery.

Roberto Conterno has enriched the ancient winemaking reality of Gattinara DOCG, designing a winery in which architecture and cutting-edge technology are perfectly aligned with the know-how of the Conterno house.

The renovation and expansion under the direction of the Primatesta architectural studio, have given life to a spectacular winery, demonstrating, with Conterno's guidelines, that the future can never be separated from respect for history: wood, transparency, suspended tasting rooms and room of aging of only large barrels. The project is inspired by the work of the engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, known in the 1920s for his extraordinary grid constructions.

The flagship is the tasting room attached to the roof structure. Its glass walls open up a 360° view.

Last but not least, Cucine Nervi: inside the old cellar, the rooms that were used as shops and offices have been redeveloped for the new restaurant led by local chef Alberto Quadrio.

The Client’s Requests

Wines need particular care in conservation, requiring different temperature and humidity zones. The needs of production must, in this particular project, meet those of welcoming guests for tastings and food and wine hospitality.

Ekinex Solutions:

Ekinex panel products combined with elegant wall mount finishes have been able to offer a complete solution to the monitoring and control needs of the Cellar and Kitchens.

Panel products:

  • EK-AB1-TP: 640 mA power supply for KNX bus line;
  • EK-BA1-TP: coupler for connecting a main bus line with a secondary one;
  • EK-BC1-TP: line coupler to connect KNX TP bus lines via a TCP / IP backbone;
  • EK-BG1-TP: gateway for the interface of DALI lamps with the KNX system;
  • EK-FB1-TP: 8-channel binary output for command and control of utilities;
  • EK-HA1-TP: fan coil actuator in combination with the room thermostat. Designed for 2-pipe hydraulic distribution systems, such as this one, with ON / OFF control of an electro-thermal actuator for shut-off valve and a 3-speed fan;
  • EK-CG2-TP: universal interface with room thermostat function;
  • EK-STL-10K-3435: temperature probe for measurements on air.
  • Delégo server: the web supervisor for systems based on the KNX system. It allows you to manage the functions present in the building through any type of device, in this case from iPad, through the Delégo app.

Buttons, frames and plates of the room thermostats have been chosen from the FF series Form line in brushed aluminum, carbon color.

Elettro GT and Studio Primatesta

Elettro G.T., founded in 1975, is a company specialising in industrial and civil electrical systems, automation, domotic and photovoltaic systems. With a structure of 30 employees, it operates both in Italy and abroad (https://www.elettrogt.it/).
The Primatesta Architecture Studio is led by architect Giancarlo Primatesta and his brother Matteo, both of whom are great enthusiasts of the area. In their projects, they use traditional building and stylistic elements but with a cutting-edge technological concept.

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