Fiat Tagliero Building
Conceived as a simple petrol station, Pettazzi designed a building that resembles an aeroplane incorporating a central tower with office space, cashiers desk and shop — and supporting a pair of 15m cantilevered, reinforced concrete wings. During construction, local authorities required each wing to be supported by pillars, and original plans, found in 2001, depicted the supports. Pettazzi maintained the supports were unnecessary and reportedly settled the argument by threatening to kill the contractor if the supports were not removed. In the end the supports were removed and the wings held.
The building remains structurally sound and has not been damaged during numerous conflicts affecting the Horn of Africa during the twentieth century. Restored in 2003, the service station is Category I listed in Eritrea, meaning no part of the building may be altered.
- Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa (UNESCO World Heritage)
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