Palazzo Lancia

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Palazzo Lancia
Grattacielo uffici Lancia.JPG
View of Palazzo Lancia from the road of the same name, which passes underneath it
Palazzo Lancia is located in Italy
Palazzo Lancia
Location in Italy
Alternative names Grattacielo Lancia
General information
Address Via Vincenzo Lancia, 26
Town or city Turin
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°03′40.1″N 7°38′28.8″E / 45.061139°N 7.641333°E / 45.061139; 7.641333Coordinates: 45°03′40.1″N 7°38′28.8″E / 45.061139°N 7.641333°E / 45.061139; 7.641333
Named for Vincenzo Lancia, Lancia & C.
Construction started March 1954
Completed March 1956
Roof 62 m (203 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 17
Design and construction
Architect Nino Rosani with Giò Ponti
Main contractor SAICCA

Palazzo Lancia (Lancia Palace), also known as Grattacielo Lancia (Lancia Skyscraper), is a high-rise building located in the northern Italian city of Turin. It was originally commissioned by Gianni Lancia, president and son of the founder of Italian automobile manufacturer Lancia, to serve as main headquarters for the company.


In the early 1950s 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 central headquarters within which it could house offices and important meetings. In Turin, no such place existed amongst the small company-owned factories.

Gianni Lancia, president of the company, wished to bring management, accountancy and engineering offices under one roof. The project was laid down in 1953 by Lancia's own Servizio Costruzioni under Italian architect Nino Rosani, with consultancy from Giò Ponti.[1]

The contract was given to SAICCA, and construction started in March 1954.[1] Gianni Lancia never saw the building he wanted become operational, as control of the Lancia company was passed to cement industrialist Pesenti family in 1956, and the building was finally completed in March 1956.[1]


From 1957 the building served its intended function of Lancia's management and technical headquarter. In 1969 Fiat S.p.A. took over an heavily indebted Lancia from the Pesenti family, and with it the ownership of Palazzo Lancia. By the 1990s Fiat started to move offices away, progressively emptying the building.

Partial view of the facade from Via Vincenzo Lancia, showing the now-removed Lancia sign.

In March 2005 Fiat S.p.A. sold the unoccupied Grattacielo to Torino 05, a joint venture between real estate firms Beni Stabili and Gefim (42.5% each) and Fiat Partecipazioni (15%).[2] [3] In 2008 another real estate developer, Patio Immobiliare, purchased in turn the building for a reported 15 million Euros, planning to transform it into luxury flats.[4] After having carried out some renewal work the company filed for bankruptcy in 2013; Palazzo Lancia is currently awaiting to be auctioned to pay off its owner's debts.[4]


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Palazzo Lancia is built like a bridge over Via (street) Vincenzo Lancia,[a] which passes underneath it. In such as position it joined together the northern and southern halves of Lancia's Borgo San Paolo plant, which was crossed by tre pre-existing road as it had been built and acquired in various stages between the 1910s and the 1940s as Lancia's operations grew. Most of the building consists of office space, with an added meeting room for the top board of the manufacturer's executives.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Formerly Via Montenegro. This street was renamed twice: first Via Braccini after World War Two, and then Via Vincenzo Lancia in 1946.



  • Amatori, Franco; et al. (1992). Storia della Lancia — Impresa Tecnologie Mercati 1906–1969. Milan: Fabbri Editori. 

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