LINGOTTO FIAT WORKS Torino, Italy (1923)
The Fiat Works is a monument to innovation and efficiency while serving as the first large scale application of reinforced concrete framing in architecture (a). The production line winds up the building to the roof where cars are tested (b) and then re-circulated back down another ramp to the showroom on the ground floor. The plant closed in the 1980’s and as a result of its architectural and social significance Renzo Piano was chosen to restore the building as a cultural center and icon of Torino (c).
(a) MODERN ARCHITECTURE: A CRITICAL HISORY. Frampton, Kenneth. Thames and Hudson. 3rd Ed, P 39.
(b) THE ITALIAN JOB (1969)
Directed by Peter Collinson, Starring Michael Caine
(c) LINGOTTO FACTORY CONVERSION Torino, Italy (1923)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop