Florence Airport Is Set To Receive A New Look With Rooftop Vineyard

An almost 8-hectare vineyard is being designed on the roof of the new terminal at Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence, which will reportedly feature 38 rows of vines.

New York-based firm Rafael Viñoly Architects is leading the new designs for the international terminal which is set to cover up to 50,000 square metres in size. The Architects' website features comment on the new design, The design of a new international terminal at the Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci in Florence, the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany in the heart of Italy's wine country, features a 19-acre vineyard that slopes gently upward to shelter a new sky-lit airport terminal with the capacity to handle more than 5.9 million international passengers a year.

The vineyards will be cultivated and harvested by one of the region's leading vintners and the wine will be crafted and aged on-site in specialised cellars below the area where the ground begins to slope up to become the terminal's roof.

It is yet to be confirmed which grape varieties will be grown, however with the design being a nod to Tuscany's wine-growing prowess, you'd expect to see some local varieties featured.

Find out more about the new terminal's design on the Rafael Viñoly Architects website here.

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