A 40.000 square meters production plant built for the Italian fashion brand Benetton Group, designed by the architects Afra and Tobia Scarpa.
Built in 1995, it has been an avant-garde project as one of the firsts to conceive a robotised production system. In order to have the necessary internal space, the building is composed by a reinforced concrete frame anchors to steel pillars 25 meters tall, from which stay cables support the roofing and unload the total weight back on the frame.
This stay cables solution, usually adopted on bridges, allows reducing the number of columns increasing internal space.
Upholstery made of hot dip galvanized steel horizontally covers external walls, both balancing the aesthetical vertical movement of the pillars and improving the insulation of the structure.