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NH LINGOTTO HOTEL
BACKSTORY: Built in the 1920s for Fiat, the building housing NH Lingotto was once Europe’s most advanced car production facility. The machines fell silent in the 1980s, and over the next two decades the vast industrial complex was transformed into a vast lifestyle complex, which contains a shopping mall and art gallery, and easy access to the Lingotto conference center.
DESIGN NOTES: Architect Renzo Piano was behind the mammoth restoration project here, which kept the original concrete facade of the 1,600-foot-long oval building. There’s a minimal, almost loft-like feel to the hotel’s 240 rooms and suites, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and cherrywood paneling. Anglepoise lamps sit upon glass-topped desks, beneath framed factory blueprints and vintage car posters.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Fans of the 1969 classic The Italian Job will recall Michael Caine hurtling around the roof of this building in a Mini Cooper. Today, the storied rooftop test circuit is a running track. There is also a stark industrial structure housing Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, a striking gallery containing the works of Matisse, Picasso, Canaletto and others. And should the artworks fail to impress, the rooftop allows fine views of the city and the jagged, snow-shrouded Italian Alps.