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LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

CASA 500 CELEBRATES THE ITALIAN ICON

 

rome-based LAB71 architetti has completed the new fiat 500 museum in turin, italy. dubbed casa 500, the exhibition space set inside the pinacoteca agnelli extends over 700 sqm, showcasing the history of the fiat 500 and its bond with italian history and culture. 

 

universally linked to italy, the cinquecento was designed by dante giacosa in 1957 and quickly became a car for the masses — fun, stylish and accessible to all. casa 500 celebrates this italian icon by showcasing its history, sporting background and social relevance through the metamorphosis of its three generations.

LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

LAB71 ARCHITETTI WANTED A SUSTAINABLE SPACE FOR FIAT’S CASA 500

 

built under the reuse, reduce & recycle mantra, casa 500 by LAB71 architetti repurposed both wood and metal into the interior space. the fabrics that upholster the seating objects are made from recycled plastic recovered from the oceans, and plexiglass — a material that can be recycled over and over again — is used throughout.

 

‘we want to recount the possibility of a new ecological sensitivity in design as well, where the forms of nature and reclaimed materials are blended to give life to new spaces, a new environment where natural and artificial are finally amalgamated into an unexpected equilibrium,’ said massimiliano gotti porcinari, lead architect at LAB71 architetti.

LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

casa 500 respects the internal space defined by giacomo matté-trucco’s original design and the later intervention by renzo piano, keeping the central space as empty as possible. this design decision provides visitors with an open plan, allowing them to define their own personal itinerary based on their own relationship with the fiat 500.

LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

a majestic installation stands in the center, shaped as a full-height tree. made of reclaimed wood, the exhibition flows around it. under it, a wooden master (mascherone) for sheet metal of a historic fiat 500 model sits next to the nuova 500 (new 500). while the mascherone’s wood fuses with the installation to represent solid roots, the nuova 500 presents itself as a new beginning. thus, the tree represents what the fiat 500 is: solid roots with branches that extend into the future.

LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

beneath the tree branches, two large sofas in different shades of grey, which are rectangular and can be broken apart, invite visitors to lie back freely as if on a meadow, to be inspired by the world of the fiat 500 and give shape, even if only in their thoughts, to their own aspirations.

 

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‘in the main casa 500 installation, we aimed to recount the link between inspiration and aspiration that is always present in the world of the fiat 500,’ continued porcinari. ‘we have all had occasion to lie on a meadow and start daydreaming about our future, to try, even only in our thoughts, to give shape to our own ambitions. this gesture, so simple and spontaneous, shows the desire we all have to cultivate our dreams and let them grow more and more, to allow ourselves to be inspired, so we can attempt to achieve new aspirations.’

LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

the exhibition is divided into eight thematic areas. legacy immerses visitors in photos and videos that highlight the places, people and stories behind the fiat 500; the made of italy area showcasing objects that over the course of history have gained prominence thanks to their italian design; the poster collection with posters and advertising images of the first 500 from the 1960s; the digital counter where two interactive multimedia screens show, through films, how the story of the fiat 500 was told through history; 3 generations showing the evolution of the car; social relevance with images from owners around the world; foreseeing the future, a section that retraces the history of yesterday, today, and tomorrow against the background of the lingotto which, on its long journey, has shown a great ability to change its skin, even radically; and a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

 

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LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin

 

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LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 
LAB71 architetti completes casa 500, a new fiat 500 museum in turin
 

project info:

 

name: casa 500 – new fiat 500 museum
design: lab71 architetti
location: pinacoteca giovanni e marella agnelli, lingotto, turin
year: 2021
client: FCA – fiat chrysler automobiles
concept and leader: massimiliano gotti porcinari
team: giovanni castellano, filippo seganti, ilaria perroni, francesca costa
visualizer: edoardo fabbroni – lab71 architetti

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