Hiding Underground


While it may seem that architecture only continues to grow above ground, in height and size, several new structures are taking advantage of the space beneath our feet. Marchesi Antonori’s sustainable winery outside Florence, the Chianti Classico Cellar (shown) is a masterfully large and gorgeous space that keeps the wine cool and regulated, and visitors happy with a wine shop, restaurant and museum. Those looking for a timeshare if things turn sour can purchase space for an RV in the underground bomb shelter / park Vivos. And Tokyo bicyclists can safely and securely park and store their bicycles in an underground bike elevator. Simply swipe a smartcard to pay upfront and later locate your bike, and load it up on the elevator where it is transported to an open storage spot.