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A new mineral water factory in San Pellegrino Terme, Italy is sure to quench your thirst for stunning architecture. The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has won an international competition to create S.Pellegrino’s (also known as San Pellegrino) new flagship factory.

The 17,500 m² (188,368 square feet) design will incorporate the area’s surrounding nature and S.Pellegrino’s heritage, to reflect the brand’s core values of purity, transparency and naturality. Estimated at 90 million euro, the project is expected to bring Italy’s Lombardy region economic, tourism, social and employment benefits.

Copenhagen and New York-based firm BIG is involved with many projects throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With an emphasis on creating architecture that evolves with contemporary life, BIG’s projects include rebuilding two of New York’s World Trade Center buildings and the Superkilen public park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Instead of scrapping the original factory that has been standing since 1899, BIG’s project is an extension of the existing architecture, which honors the original facility’s classical Italian design. To ensure an exceptional experience for visitors and staff, BIG will combine the plant’s architectural environment with production, consumption and nature.

The main attractions in BIG’s design are the archways. Providing an abundance of space and architectural beauty, the arches will expand and contract throughout the campus. Visitors can expect to get a taste of the brand’s heritage while walking through majestic vaults, covered tunnels, arcades and green pergolas. BIG’s design will also highlight the area’s natural beauty, as visitors will see surrounding mountains and the Brembo river.

BIG’s proposal aims at honoring both tradition and evolution in the architecture. In the center of the campus, there will be a massive visualization piece to paint a picture of the 30 year journey water must travel to acquire minerals and achieve S.Pellegrino’s level of purity.

Over the next four years, BIG, S.Pellegrino and Italian architects Studio Verticale will collaborate, with construction slated to begin in 2018. First on the list is building a bridge that will connect the bottling plant to Zogno, which will then connect to a parking structure for heavy vehicles. After that initial phase, 2019 and on will focus on building offices, the northern wing of the factory and the experience lab.

Check out more pictures of S.Pellegrino’s flagship factory below.

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