Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport is poised to make aviation history with its pioneering approach to sustainability and cultural integration. The announcement of a 19-acre rooftop vineyard, designed by the esteemed Rafael Viñoly Architects, signals a bold leap into the future of airport design.
Rafael Viñoly Architects unveiled the design for a new international terminal at Amerigo Vespucci airport in Florence, with a surprising vineyard-topped green roof. With Florence’s airport expected to exceed 5.9million passengers by 2035, the airport needs to undergo a transformation.
The project will be rolled out in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to open in 2026 and the second in 2035.
Sustainability & Culture
This transformative project seeks to redefine the airport experience while honouring Tuscany’s illustrious viticultural heritage. The rooftop vineyard, a nod to the region’s winemaking tradition, isn’t just for show—it’s a fully operational vineyard, set to produce grapes cultivated by local vintners and aged into fine wines in cellars nestled beneath the terminal.
But this project is about more than just aesthetics; it’s about sustainability and innovation. The green roof isn’t merely a decorative feature, it’s a crucial element of the airport’s sustainability strategy. The vineyard will offer natural thermal insulation to reduce energy consumption and aid in achieving an LEED Platinum sustainability rating.
As Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport undergoes this remarkable transformation, it’s not just redefining what airports can be, it’s setting a new standard for sustainable, culturally immersive travel experiences.
Space for travellers and locals
Beyond its ecological benefits, the new terminal aims to elevate the traveller experience, with a central piazza reminiscent of traditional Tuscan gathering spaces. Here, passengers and locals alike can converge, fostering a sense of community and connection amidst the hustle and bustle of travel.
Moreover, the project includes practical enhancement. The runway will undergo a 90º reorientation to accommodate modern aircraft and minimise noise pollution. A light rail system will connect the airport directly to the city centre, providing improved connectivity between the airport and the city centre.
From its vineyard-clad rooftop to its bustling piazza, this innovative terminal promises to captivate and inspire travellers from around the world, offering a taste of Tuscany’s rich heritage and a vision of aviation’s future.
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