The park project is the result of an international call for tender launched in spring 2004; the winning tender was the group headed by Peter Latz, author of the post-industrial park in the Ruhr Basin, and made up of Latz + Partner, Studio Pession Associato and Studio Cappato. The working group has designed a park that alternates strictly naturalistic areas, consisting of large lawns and tree-lined spaces, with others that are more anthropic, which maintain a strong relationship with the pre-existing elements, giving them new functions. It is the first Italian post-industrial park, where industrial archeology, green areas, art, sport and culture come together to give back to the citizens the spaces of the heavy industry. The distinctive feature of the park is undoubtedly the immense warehouse of the ironworks, the complex of steel mills where Fiat produced the raw material for car components. Below, a huge square equipped with a skate park and playgrounds has been created, which sometimes hosts events; only the steel pillars and concrete walls of the other steel mills have been preserved to form a large post-apocalyptic garden. In the background there are the cooling towers of the former thermal power plant, where young and international street artists leave their mark. In front of the Fiat Ironworks there was the Michelin plant, now completely replaced by lawns, trees and cycle lanes: the only survivor is a large cooling tower 30 meters high.
From “Guida al Turismo Industriale” by Jacopo Ibello (Morellini Editore, 2020)