BIG Bjarke Ingels Group to design San Pellegrino flagship factory in Italy
By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - February 20, 2017
Italian mineral water brand San Pellegrino has announced that BIG Bjarke Ingels Group has won the competition to design its new flagship factory in northern Italy.
BIG’s proposal was selected as winner among the four admitted to the final phase of the invited competition. Finalists included, along with Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, Snøhetta, and Michele De Lucchi.
Located in the village of San Pellegrino Terme – near the city of Bergamo, Lombardy – the new flagship factory conceived design by BIG will be a 17,500-square-meter / 188,000-square-foot building aimed to be present the history of the historical water brand San Pellegrino in the site of the bottling plant where the company’s history began in 1899, as well as a leisure destination
Genral and aeral view of the winning design by BIG; images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
The project was inspired by the 30-year-long journey of the water from mountaintops to the springs in the lower valley.
The building conceived by BIG is composed of a sequence of arches, somehow resembling a modern cathedral, with large glazed openings providing views on the natural landscape around, marked by forests, mountains, and the valley of the river Brembo.
“Like an aquatic equivalent of a wine cellar, the repeating archways expand and contract to create the narrative framework for the purity and clarity of the mineral water, in an environment characterized by lightness, openness and transparency.” (Bjarke Ingels)
The design by Bjarke Ingels also includes references to other archetypes of the Italian architecture, such as the portico and the piazza.
Along with a bottled water production facility, the € 90-million New San Pellegrino building complex will include permanent exhibition galleries, temporary exhibition spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, and performance spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
Views of the interior spaces of proposal by BIG for the new San Pellegrino factory; images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
Preview of permanent and temporary exhibition spaces; images courtesy of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
The other finalist designs
aMDL – Michele De Lucchi Studio