indow frames and opaque aluminium panels. This chequered patterned "skin" is reminiscent of the "racing flags" that are waved during car races to signal the end of competitions, but it is a solid and stable flag because it also wants to promote the idea of road safety and not only represent the idea of speed. This façade system rises up to the roof where it becomes a parapet for the terrace. The two buildings, arranged as a fan around a square of about 2,000 square meters, are connected by a first floor level bridge. On the ground floor, the decks create a corridor that marks the passage between the car track and the square. Paved in Luserna stone, the square is destined to host events, exhibitions and welcome visitors; to the north-east it overlooks the "Centro" redevelopment and re-landscaped Lura river.
Gross Floor Area (mq)5.800
ArchitectsMichele De Lucchi
Design teamAngelo Micheli (project director), Alessandra De Leonardis, Silvia Figini, Alessandro Ghiringhelli
Main ContractorPrefabbricati Camuna S.r.l.
ConsultantsSviluppo Arese S.r.l. (general managment); Prefabbricati Camuna S.p.A. (building contractor); Wood Beton S.p.A. (wooden structures); Land S.r.l, Verde Rappo S.p.a.(green design); Suardi S.p.a. (external works and racetrack design)
Photo CreditsTom Vack
Curriculum studio / partecipanteMichele De Lucchi was a prominent figure in movements like Alchimia and Memphis. He has designed lamps and furniture for the most known Italian and European companies. For Olivetti he has been Director of Design from 1988 to 2002 and he elaborated various theories on the evolution of the workplace. He designed and restored buildings in Italy and worldwide. For banks he has collaborated to the evolution of the corporate image. He has taken care of numerous exhibitions and has planned buildings for museums. In 2000 he was appointed Officer of Italian Republic by President Ciampi, for services to design and architecture. In 2001 he has been nominated Professor at the IUAV in Venice. In 2006 he received the Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, for his contribution to “living quality”. In 2008 he has been nominated Professor at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico of Milan and Member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. During 2018, He is editor in chief of the Domus.
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