1983-2003
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © Studio fotografico Merlo fotografia aerea
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © RPBW ph. Enrico Cano
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © RPBW ph. Matthew Hranek
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © RPBW ph. Enrico Cano
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © Gianni Berengo Gardin
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © Michel Denancé
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © Gianni Berengo Gardin
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © Giorgio Cravero
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy © RPBW ph. Enrico Cano
1983-2003

Lingotto Factory Conversion

Torino, Italy

Built in the 1920s for Fiat, Lingotto was the largest and most modern car manufacturing plant in Europe, both architecturally and in terms of car production.

The 500m-long, five-storey building, had a volume of one million cubic metres, and was equipped with a rooftop test track. Lingotto was the first example of modular construction in reinforced concrete, based on the repetition of three elements: pillars, beams and floors.

The factory was closed in 1982. In 1984, Fiat S.p.A. announced a competition and, in 1985, commissioned the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to convert the building. The project aimed to revive the building by transforming it into a multipurpose centre while maintaining its architectural identity.

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The building’s exterior remains largely unaltered, but its interior was completely modified in order to accommodate an exhibition centre, a conference centre and auditorium, two hotels, offices and retail space. In 1997, Fiat group’s management headquarters returned to the office block. In 2002, Turin Polytechnic’s automotive engineering department was also installed in the building.

The ‘Bubble’, a completely transparent meeting room on the roof of the Lingotto building, was another addition.

Credits

Client: ENEL Green Power SpA

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects

Design Team: S.Scarabicchi, E.Donadel (partner and associate in charge), M.Rossato Piano

Consultants: Favero & Milan (structural, consulting executive architect); Metalsystem (mechanical service engineering and construction)

1991-2003: Design development and construction phase


Client: Lingotto S.p.A. + Pathé + Palazzo Grassi

Design Team: M. Carroll, M. Cucinella, S. Ishida, B. Plattner, M. Salerno, S. Scarabicchi, R. V. Truffelli, M. van der Staay, M. Varratta, P. Vincent (senior partners, partners and architects in charge), A. Belvedere, M. Cattaneo, D. Piano, M. Pimmel with P. Ackermann, A. Alborghetti, E. Baglietto (partner), L. Berellini, A. Calafati, A. arisetto, G. Cohen, F. Colle, P. Costa, S. De Leo, A. De Luca, D. Dorell, S. Durr, F. Florena, K. Fraser, A. Giovannoni, C. Hays, G. Hernandez, C. Herrin, W. Kestel, P. Maggiora, D. Magnano, M. Mariani, K. A. Naderi, T. Nguyên, T. O’Sullivan, M. Parravicini, A. Piancastelli, M. Rossato Piano, A. Sacchi, P. Sanso, A. Stadlmayer, A. H. Temenides, K. Van Casteren, N. Van Oosten, H. Yamaguchi and S. Arecco, F. Bartolomeo, M. Busk-Petersen, N. Camerada, M. Carletti, I. Cuppone, R. Croce Bermondi, B. Lenz, L. Micucci, M. Nouvion, P. Pedrini, M. Piano; I. Corte, D. Guerrisi, G. Langasco, L. Siracusa (CAD Operators); D. Cavagna, O. Aubert, C. Colson, P. Furnemont, Y. Kyrkos (models)

Consultants: Ove Arup & Partners, AI Engineering, Fiat Engineering (structure and services), Manens Intertecnica (services/movie theater), Prodim + Teksystem (services/dental school); Arup Acoustics, Müller BBM, Peutz & Associés (acoustics); PI Greco Engineering (fire prevention); Davis Langdon Everest, Fiat Engineering, GEC Ingénierie (cost control); Emmer Pfenninger Partner (façade engineering/car engineering school); RFR (roof structure/art gallery); Techplan (theater equipment); P. Castiglioni (lighting); P. L. Cerri, ECO S.p.A. (graphic design); F. Santolini, F. Mirenzi (interiors/hotel); CIA (interiors/shopping center); Studio Vitone & Associati, F. Levi/G. Mottino, Studio Rousset (site supervision)

(1998-2002) Pathé Lingotto Movie Theater:
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects

Client: Pathé

Design Team: P. Vincent (senior partner in charge), M.Pimmel
with A.Belvedere, L.Berellini, T.N’Guyen, M.Salerno, A.H.Temenides, and C.Colson, P.Furnemont, Y.Kyrkos (models)

Consultants: Fiat Engineering (structure); Manens Intertecnica (services); Peutz & Associés (acoustics); PI Greco Engineering (fire prevention); GEC Ingénierie (cost control); P.Castiglioni (lighting); Studio Inarco (consulting architect)

(1998-2002) Lingotto car engineering school:
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects
Client: Lingotto S.p.A.

Design Team: M. van der Staay (associate in charge), A.Belvedere, B.Plattner (senior partner) with A.Alborghetti, L.Micucci, M.Pimmel, A.H.Temenides and M.Busk-Petersen; O.Aubert, C.Colson, P.Furnemont, Y.Kyrkos (models)

Consultants: Fiat Engineering (structure and services); Emmer Pfenninger Partner (façade engineering); PI Greco Engineering (fire prevention); Studio Rousset (specifications); Studio Inarco (consulting architect).

(2000-2002) The Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Art Gallery at Lingotto
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects

Client: Lingotto S.p.A. + Palazzo Grassi

Design Team: M.van der Staay (associate in charge) with A.Belvedere, K. van Casteren, D.Dorell, F.Florena, B.Plattner (senior partner) and A.Alborghetti, M.Parravicini, A.H.Temenides; C.Colson, Y.Kyrkos, O.Aubert (models)

Consultants: RFR (roof structure); Fiat Engineering (primary structure and services); PI Greco Engineering (fire prevention); P.Castiglioni (lighting); Studio Inarco (consulting architect).

Competition, 1983
Client: Fiat S.p.A.

Design Team: S. Ishida (associate architect), C. Di Bartolo, O. Di Blasi, M. Carroll, F. Doria, G. Fascioli, E. Frigerio, R. Gaggero, D. Hart, P. Terbuchte, R. V. Truffelli

Feasability studies, 1985:

Client: Municipality of Turin

Design Team: S. Ishida (associate architect), E. Frigerio, O. Di Blasi, K. Dreissigacker, M. Mattei with G. G. Bianchi, G. Fascioli, M. Visconti

Consultants: G. De Rita (economics); R. Guiducci (sociology)

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