Exhibition Building, Turin
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Architect Pier Luigi Nervi
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Location Turin, Italy   map
Date 1948 to 1949   timeline
Building Type exhibition hall
 Construction System long span reinforced concrete
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Engineering as art - built in 8 months.


Photo, interior, looking transversely

Photo, interior, looking longtitudinally


Detail Drawing

Detail Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Exhibition Building, Turin Commentary

The Creator's Words

"...two of my most interesting projects, the hangars built of pre-cast elements and the roof for the Turin Exhibition Halls, would have been impossible without a simultaneous invention of the structural method. They would have looked completely different if they had been built on the same principle but in a conventional technique."

— Pier Luigi Nervi from the Introduction of Jürgen Joedicke. The Works of Pier Luigi Nervi. pVII.


"The hall is rectangular and covers an area of 240 feet x 309 feet. On one of the two shorter sides is a semi-circular apse. Windows are arranged in the corrugation of the prefabricated roof elements."

"A semi-circular apse 132 feet in diameter adjoins the main hall which is 240 feet long. Its roof consists of corrugated pre-cast units. The half-dome roof of the apse is also constructed with prefabricated elements."

"The vaulted construction of the hall consists of prefabricated elements which spring from in situ concrete abutments."

"The units are of "ferro-cement" and have a length of approximately 15 feet and a width of 8 feet 3 inches. The thickness of the curved precast parts is less than 2 inches. This small thickness is achieved only by the increased rigidity through the corrugation and the transverse webs at either end. The individual units are joined by in situ concrete."

— Jürgen Joedicke. The Works of Pier Luigi Nervi. p59-62.


Updated to serve as ice hockey venue for 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino.

Sources on Exhibition Building, Turin

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.095. PCD.2260.1012.1834.096

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. described, p1266. interior photo, p1270, fC.

Ada Louise Huxtable. Pier Luigi Nervi. New York: George Braziller, 1960. NA1123.N4H8. LC 60-6076. detail of construction: prefabricated pan, and section showing placing of pans and pouring of concrete network uniting them, f31. section of a prefabricated ceiling element detail drawing, f29. transverse section drawing, f25. longitudinal section drawing, f24. plan drawing, f23.

Jürgen Joedicke. The Works of Pier Luigi Nervi. London: The Architectural Press, 1957. NA 1123.N4A56 1957. details p59-62.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. interior photo, p113.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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