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textile mill / Biella / 1939 - 1992 /2008


One of the most impressive industrial building in the city of Biella is the former Rivetti's combing works, a pure example of Italian functionalist architecture. Designed by Giuseppe Pagano and realized in 1939-1942, the modern factory was conceived as a "space for workers" rather than "space for machineries". Once completed, the complex was presented on Casabella, a renowned Italian architecture magazine with a relevant international echo. Pagano's design keywords - light, efficiency, flexibility and economy - clearly reflect on the manufacturing process. From an underground storehouse raw wool was transferred via conveyor belt to the top of a 5-story building, in which the preparation took place. This consisted in several top-down operations, ending into a vast horizontal shed-hall designed for combing activities. In 1960s the factory was taken over by a regional trust of wool manufacturers and run by that until the closure in 1992.