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The Lancia Building is the headquarters of the Italian company Lancia located in the northwestern Italian city of Turin. Most of the building consists of office space, with an added meeting room for the top board of the manufacturer's executives. (See Lancia) In terms of architecture, the building fits into the highrise category and has a contemporary facade. At around 200 ft high, the Lancia is the 6th tallest building in the Genoa region.


In the 1950s, the company that now owns the Lancia produced cars, buses, trucks, motors, spare parts and panels for vans. The company had less employees and workers per head than Fiat, but needed to build a Headquarters within which it could house offices and important meetings. In Turin, no such place existed amongst the small company-owned factories.


At the start of the 1950s, the president of the Lancia company, Gianni Lancia, wanted a new headquarters building for the company. In 1953, Gianni Lancia talked with his friend, renowned Italian architect Nino Rosani, about coming up with a few concepts for a new Lancia headquarters. Within the last three month of 1953, Rosani had a strong vision for the building and devised a plan for a new Lancia Headquarters with his friend and partner Gio Ponti.


The construction of "Grattacielo Lancia" or "Palazzo Lancia" in Italy started at the beginning of 1954. To insure a solid foundation they made special plates first then began with the building's armature. This building was considered to be just another modern building in the already very developed center of Turin. In the next year, the building did not get much attention because it was hard to make out what the building's final form would look like, however, by that time all the ground work had been laid and completion was inevitably closer. In 1956, it had become obvious that the building's completion was close at hand. The building also started to become one of the larger attractions in the Italian automobile world. In 1957, Lancia's new headquarters was finally completed.


From 1957 to 1969, the building was the property of Lancia and a place with a special feeling for the fans of the brand. In 1969, the building was purchased by Fiat and was used for other automobile brands. In 2008, the building was sold by Fiat and became private property.


Coordinates: 45°03′40″N 7°38′29″E / 45.06111°N 7.64139°E / 45.06111; 7.64139