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Lingotto Exhibition Center

  • Turin

  • 1995

  • Photos: G. Basilico/ G. Maschietti

The Fiat Lingotto building, designed by Engineer Giacomo Mattè Trucco in 1916, is widely considered a masterpiece of industrial Architecture. The project for refurbishment of the Lingotto and for development of the whole area began in 1985. Consultants were Architect Renzo Piano, co-ordinator of working team, Economist Giuseppe De Rita and Sociologist Roberto Guidicci. The project is exceptional, not only for size (1.500.000 m3, 507 m. long by 80 m. wide) but also for its economic, history and cultural values. The refurbishment will achieve a multipurpose building linked to its original concepts of production, technology and work.

The technology

A series of basic components (glazing, light and fittings, partitions and floors) were designed to ensure uniformity irrespective to the project various stages and timings Focchi entrusted In 1987 the initial glazing contract , converting Arch. Renzo Piano’s preliminary studies into a solution utilising aluminium only. Glazing acts as an “intelligent machine” :the external solar controlled curtains are automatically operated by means of a light sensitive gearcase which operates in relation to solar rays intensity. The facades of the Exhibition Centre utilise the structural silicone glazing technology, supported internally by structural aluminium mullion (46 kg/ lm., 12 mt. height ) The connection between the glazing and the structural mullion is provided by special aluminium castings.

Architects

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPWB)

He was born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders. He graduated in 1964 from the Polytechnic of Milan. He is among the world best known and active architects i, winner of the Pritzker been delivered by U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998. He also won other prestigious awards including: Imperial Award 1995, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 and the Sonning Prize in 2008. In 1971, he set up the “Piano & Rogers” office in London together with Richard Rogers, with whom he won the competition for the Centre Pompidou. From the early 1970s to the 1990s he worked with the engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice. In 1981 The “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” was established, with 150 staff and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. In 1994 he won the international competition for the new Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, inaugurated in 2002. In 2004 he fulfills the Church of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. In 2006 he became the first Italian posted by TIME in the list of 100 most influential people in the world and among the ten most important in the world in the category of art and entertainment. In 2008, after nearly ten years of design and work, it’s inaugurated the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, one of the most sustainable buildings in the world for the high quality of the selected building materials