The vermouth Carpano production plant, disused since the mid-nineties, is an unexpectedly interesting urban space on a reduced scale. The building comprises a brick-filled reinforced concrete structure that grew outwards from a series of courtyards over the course of the twentieth century.
The project was to design a food and wine centre dedicated to high-quality foods and drinks, including spaces for selling the goods, thematic restaurants for tasting products, the Eataly and Slow Food offices, teaching rooms, a conference room and the Carpano Museum.
The entrance is now found in the old perimeter wall that separated the centre from the Fiat Lingotto factory. The wall is painted the same brick red colour as found on the existing buildings, and has been opened and transformed to include the large glass entrance to the hall where the enormous, cylindrical vats were once positioned.
Two glass block supported by “rust” red metal girders and pillars jut out of the wall to focus attention on the conference room and museum. The courtyards make up the main halls and access ways inside the complex. They have been covered with a special insulation and solar control glass roof supported by a metal frame, allowing ample light to enter. From here the public has access to the various parts of the complex, which recall the paths and covered public squares in an “industrial district”.
Premio Architetture Rivelate 2007 OAT
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