Officine Meccaniche Reggiane

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Officine Meccaniche Reggiane in Reggio Emilia, Italy (2019)
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Fiumicino

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Sono andato via da Roma innanzitutto perché cominciavano a sparire le borgate e con loro i miei amici. E quando non hai più le borgate ti rifugi al mare.
È per questo che sono venuto a vivere a Fiumicino. C’è un senso di morte, qui intorno, che mi piace. Forse io sono già morto, qui, in questa solitudine che amo e che mi mette allegria.
Anzi, io sono vivo perché sto a Fiumicino. Forse se stavo a Roma ero già morto
Franco Citti (Roma, 23 aprile 1935 – 14 gennaio 2016)

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Palazzo del Lavoro

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To celebrate Centenary of Italian Unity, in 1959 a tender was done to build an exhibition pavillon in Turin. The winning project was the one by engineer Pier Luigi Nervi with with Gino Covre and Antonio Nervi.

Nervi imagined sixteen concrete towers, with a variable geometry, surmounted by square “umbrellas”, 40 meters per side, made of steel. These square “umbrellas” were linked by transparent elements to give light to the huge area (25000 m2). On the perimeters there were different floors made with the classic Nervi’s isostatic ribbed slabs made using moveable ferroconcrete formworks.

The genial simplicity of the project allowed the construction company (Nervi & Bartoli and Antonio Badoni) to realize the 650.000 m3 building in less than one year (February to December 1960). Outside the building, a park with a futuristic monorail train was realized too.

Today (2018) the whole place is abandoned and only few meters of the monorail are still in place. Nevertheless the concrete pillars are in a perfect looking state.