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Palazzo del Lavoro
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Architect Pier Luigi Nervi
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Location Turin, Italy   map
Date 1959 to 1961   timeline
Building Type exhibition Hall
 Construction System concrete, steel, reinforced curtain wall
Climate mediterranean
Context exposition site
Style Modern
Notes Palace of Labor. Internally supported on radial branches from huge central columns. Italia'61 Exhibition.
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Discussion Palazzo del Lavoro Commentary

"The Palace of Labour designed and built by Nervi and his son Antonio for the Turin exhibition of 1961 was the result of a competition held in 1959. The building—containing 85,000 square feet of exhibition space—had to be capable of conversion to a technical school at the end of the exhibition. It was erected in less than eighteen months.

Like Mies van der Rohe's buildings, there is a subtle fusion of structure and space in Nervi's buildings. But whereas Mies searched for free internal space, Nervi's aesthetic is dependent on an energetic exhibition of the structural parts of a building. The Palace of Labour was no exception... the simple 525 feet square shape was divided into sixteen structurally separate steel roofed compartments each supported on 65-foot-high concrete stems. The external walls, entirely clad in glass, wrapped round the perimeter of the building and incorporated large 70-foot-high vertical mullions."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p245.

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Sources on Palazzo del Lavoro

Pier Luigi Nervi. Pier Luigi Nervi: Buildings, Projects, Structures 1953-1963. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1963. LC 63-14050. NA1123.N4A433. interior photo of ceiling, p134. drawing of exterior perspective, p118. drawing of section, p120. drawing of plan, p120. drawing of roof plan, p121. drawing of column plan, p124. drawing of column elevation, p125. exterior photo at night, p135.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos and small elevation drawing, p244. — Available at Amazon.com

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

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