EventsFriday 01 September 2017

On 30th September Turin’s new “Officine Grandi Riparazioni” will be unveiled to the public

The former train manufacturing plant has been transformed into a “factory of dreams” with a strong international vocation

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On 30th September the new “OGR” (Officine Grandi Riparazioni) in 22, Corso Castelfidardo in Turin will be opened to the public. The former train manufacturing plant will become a “factory of dreams” and innovation with an international orientation in its late 19th century building with an industrial-style architecture.

 

The President of the OGR-CRT Society Giovanni Quaglia and Secretary General Massimo Lapucci will soon illustrate the restoration works for the new “OGR” which have benefitted from a €90-million investment from the Fondazione CRT, a private non-profit foundation owned by the bank Cassa di Risparmio di Torino which has engaged in funding innovative, philanthropic projects for society for over 25 years.

 

The new 35,000-metre-square Officine Grandi Riparazioni will be animated by two purposes: any kind of artistic research and technological research with a strong international vocation. Coveted for train reparations until the 90s and chosen in 2011 as the centre of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the former factory will continuously host exhibitions, spectacles, concerts - from classical music to techno -, plays, dance, laboratory, start-ups, innovative enterprises and virtual reality while combining the ideas and the value of creativity with the tools of the new digital technologies.

 

The “OGR” are inside a majestic H-shaped building: the north wing, called Officine Nord, is dedicated to visual arts, while the south wing, Officine Sud, will house an international innovation hub. An area dedicated to the Piedmontese gastronomy will link the two wings and keep the visitors refreshed throughout the day.


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