Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

In Buttrio, the new resort is a tribute by the Danieli Group to the visionary business culture of Adriano Olivetti inspired by the naturalistic and enogastronomic genius loci of the "City of Wine" and by the design of the Sixties.

Corte delle Fucine was born from the desire of the Danieli Group of Buttrio, a leading company in green plants for the steel industry (thus the naming Fucine, which is forge in English), to translate the love for the territory into a high-end hospitality project (we are just a few km from the famous vineyards of the Colli Orientali) and their enlightened vision of “Cultural Factory” in the manner of Adriano Olivetti.

The project was born with a vision of sustainable continuity between the structure and the surrounding environment, both in terms of shapes and materials used and cultural osmosis with Buttrio, the city of wine, which is located in the hills of the Colli Orientali del Friuli and a few steps from Collio, known throughout the world for the superior quality of its wines.

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets
Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

Le Fucine is a place where ideas are created, minds and ingenuity are shaped…a forge of poets, artists, scientists, cooks and craftsmen.

With this spirit, in the 1960s Danieli, right in front of its historic headquarters, commissioned the famous Friulian architect Marcello D’Olivo to design an avant-garde structure intended for refueling.

It is from this work that the development of Corte delle Fucine symbolically starts which, opened in 2022, today consists of a 4-Star Superior hotel, a gourmet restaurant and a brasserie, a business centre, and a gym with wellness area.

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

The project, designed by Marco Zito in collaboration with Studio Artico and Fracassi, is inspired, in its forms, by the stylistic code of D’Olivo, very close to the organic model and the Modern Movement of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

While, for the interior, furniture and accessories from local companies were chosen – such as Bross di Moimacco, LaCividina di Martignacco, Moroso di Tavagnacco, Mattiazzi di S. Giovanni al Natisone, and Potocco di Manzano – with the cult models of Gio Ponti, Pierre Paulin and Patricia Urquiola.

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

A genius loci that has also translated into the choice of natural materials and neutral colors in dialogue with the surrounding landscape and the artworks created by artist Massimo Gardone of the Azimut studio in Trieste, such as the photographic prints of the series “Herbarium” and “Little seas”.

The heart of Le Fucine is the Fogolâr, characterized by seats by Moroso and a spectacular design fireplace in the centre, the perfect place for aperitifs and after-dinner drinks.

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets
Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

The offer of a real Made in FVG design ecosystem is completed by the Gourmet Restaurant, headed by Chef Andrea Fantini, which offers the best of local products and wines, and the Brasserie, with a more traditional proposal.

While, next to the main structure, the service station designed by Marcello D’Olivo, also renovated, houses Le Fucine Caffè & Bistrot, perfect for a more informal break.

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets
Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants (UD) — Friuli Venezia Giulia Secrets

There are 64 rooms, from singles to spacious suites, and they offer all comforts, as well as a pleasant view of the internal courtyard; also perfect for starting the day right with breakfast on the private balcony based on sweet proposals prepared fresh every day and the best savory products, from cold cuts to local cheeses.

An evolving structure, open to events and exhibitions, which will soon see the inauguration of a Sporting Club and Fitness Space, also open to external guests, which will thus complete the concept “The Art of Living”. Also the perfect starting point to visit the main tourist destinations of Friuli Venezia Giulia such as Collio, Aquileia and Trieste.

The Secret

Marcello D’Olivo’s works make continuous reference to the interaction between nature and technology. One of his most famous works is the Spiral, called “the snail”, built in 1955 for the newurbanization of Lignano Pineta, which aroused the interest of Ernest Hemingway to the point that he wanted to meet the famous architect, later nicknamed by the architecture historian Bruno Zevi the “Italian Wright”.

Ph. of the room courtesy of Marco Cappelletti. 

Useful Info

Le Fucine Hotel & Restaurants
Via Nazionale 48
33042 Buttrio, Udine
Tel. +39 0432 1833238

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