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      PIEMONTE’S BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE

When Piedmont, Italy and its capital city Torino (Turin) host the 2006 Winter Olympics, all eyes
will focus on the cultural blessings this region provides - including its stunning architecture.

In addition to its 2,000 year old classical piazzas and castles, the combination of baroque and
modern thought can be seen in the evolving cityscape spectacled by new and daringly refurbished
Olympic venues.

Scheduled to be completed by fall 2005, some of the new structures are post-industrial
refurbishments, where redesign is under the careful eye of the world’s top architects. The
building projects will cost approximately 1,150 million Euro of public and 480 million Euro of
private funds.

Venues merge the cultural importance of Piedmont with the modern necessities of today’s sports
arena requirements, guaranteeing the best of the Games and enriching the whole region.

These modern masterpieces will offer a stark contrast to the baroque influences of the past.
The significance of the baroque style is clear in Piedmont’s Piazzas, squares where the
unassuming, yet sophisticated populace gather. The largest and perhaps most elegant, the Piazza
Castello in Torino (Turin), will be the location of elaborate Olympic medal ceremonies.
Looming above the spectacles is the Palazzo Madama, a 30-meter high castle, where generational
updates are evident through the Roman and Renaissance textures.

A visitor returning to Piedmont and Torino (Turin) after many years will marvel at the changes.
The Olympic construction has created a contrast of modern culture and 2,000 years of tradition.
Every Friday afternoon visitors can tour the building sites of the 2006 Winter Olympics and
watch how the underground, the connecting line, the hockey stadium, the ice rink and the sailing
center come into being.

THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE
The future home to 2,500 members of the Olympic community is the Olympic Village. The
focus-point of the Olympic Village is an impressive arched bridge-way hovering over what was
formally a Turin marketplace. The village is located in front of the “Lingotto Complex” and will
include the original old Mercanti Generali, which will be restored to its former glory. A group
coordinated by architect Benedetto Camerana developed a system that encompasses energy
saving, biodynamic quality and pollution source elimination, making the structures examples of
modern day environmental sustainability.

THE PALAVELA
The Palavela was originally built in the 1960s as part of the celebrations of the Century of Italian
unification and is one of the region’s most important structures. Refurbishment will be overseen
by architects Gae Aulenti and Arnaldo De Bernardi, their first work in the sports sector as the
venue will host figure skating and short track competitions. Under the sail shaped roof
conceived with three arches touching the ground, The Palavela is actually a building within a
building.



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THE OVAL ICE RINK
Designed by the architects HOK Sport from London and Pino Zoppini from Mailand, The Oval
is a futuristic structure that will host the speed skating competitions and is designed to be the best
skating facility in the world. It is being built in the Scalo Lingotto area, connecting to the current
trade fair structure without any internal columns enabling maximum space availability.

THE PALAHOCKEY
The Palahockey is designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The building is minimalist with
an innovative structure, where its steel will mirror the surroundings ensuring it is in harmony with
the planned extensive area of urban greenery and landscaping. After hosting various Olympic
events, the building will be used for sport events, concerts, shows and exhibitions and will seat
17,500 spectators.

STADIO OLYMPIC
Stadio Olympic is the site of the opening ceremonies. Formally a soccer stadium commissioned
in 1932, the restoration includes the addition of 44 sky-boxes and glass windows matching the
original design.




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