uilt between 1917 and 1922, Lingotto was designed by architect Giacomo Mattè Trucco in a rationalist, innovative style. The building symbolised a turning point in the development of Italian industry, marking the end of one era and the start of another.
Many generations of workers have been employed in the workshops of this great industrial complex, manufacturing not only cars but also aero engines, commercial vehicles and household appliances. Having already undergone many renovations over the years in response to changing industrial needs, in 1985 the factory ceased production.
In 1989 an international competition was launched to transform the Lingotto industrial area into a modern multifunctional centre. These were years of frenetic activity, as the winning project by Genoese architect Renzo Piano– designer of the Beaubourg in Paris in the 1970s – was turned into reality, earning acclaim from architects and engineers around the world.
The inner courtyards of Lingotto’s main structure have been transformed into gardens open to the public. The Looking out onto the third courtyard, called the “Garden of Wonders”, are the Hotel Le Meridien and the Conference Centre. The large courtyards facing Via Nizza and the railway offer free public access to gardens with mature shrubs. History is part of Lingotto. A unique post-industrial monument in a welcoming setting of rare natural beauty. Lingotto provides vast spaces and the most advanced structures and services, the best technical and technological facilities, offered with efficiency and comfort. Lingotto, a versatile meeting point for the worlds of business, industry, finance, production and culture and a unique venue for events, meetings and conventions, is composed of a modern, flexible structure packed with facilities, services and conference and exhibition spaces. The permanent halls cover 22,800 square meters, including exhibition and poster session areas for users’ communication needs, plus logistic and technical facilities for every requirement: internet points, translation booths, audio-visual and electronic supports, reception desks and catering facilities.