Agenzia Torino 2006
Turin, Italy

The Agenzia Torino 2006, set up in Turin by an Italian State Law (n° 285/2000 e n° 48/2003), has dual functions:
contracting centre for the required XX Winter Olympic projects;
responsibility for carrying out works container within the Italian Government approved plan.
The Torino Olympic Venues
Following guidelines from the town council, an Olympic District has been identified in Torino with the Lingotto as its centre. The Olympic Village, hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating venues, as well as the Olympic family hotel, are just a short way away from the ex-factory that houses the Main Media centre. The curling tournament will take place in Pinerolo. 

Olympic Villages
1. Ex General Market area Olympic Village
The Olympic Village plans include the building of 3 lots of residences for around 52,000 sqm. (Lots III, IV and V), services areas for around 40,000 sqm. (Lot II) in addition to a connecting pedestrian bridge with the centre of Lingotto (Lot VI). Before construction begins, preparatory work is planned to clear the area of asbestos, move the existing service ducts, demolition work, earth moving and structural consolidation of the original building. 

Lot II
The purpose of the restoration and reuse of the buildings of the fruit and vegetable market, planned under special control by the Office of Monuments and Fine Arts, is to create a service zone for the Olympic Village (logistics centre). 

Lot VI
The gangway is not only necessary to connect the area of the former General Market and the Lingotto commercial and multi-functional centre, but is also a symbol for Torino, host city of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The plans include an urban area that is an integral part of the city and open to the potentiality of the Lingotto complex and railway yard. 

The overall plan for lot VII arises from the need to renew and make the maximum use of a large area indicated as a site that will host the Olympic Village. The main objective is to create a useful area for the Olympic and post-Olympic periods that will absolve its function in the community as a place for the inhabitants of Torino to meet and relax, and also as an outdoor area for recreation. Lot VII is the centre of the public area outside the Olympic Villane

Residential lots
The choice of the promoter to locate the Olympic Village in undeveloped urban areas gives the event the role of a driving force for the renewal of the entire district. Consequently, the plan was designed to give special character to the buildings so that the district would be recognizable in the future as the Olympic district. The Village will also function as a link between the functional district and the Lingotto complex beyond the railway, re-establishing the visual and structural continuity of this part of the city.

The configuration of the plan for the building complex designed for Lot III of the Olympic Village is dependent on the layout of the general city plan of Torino. The structure of the houses in the lot is designed so as to create a space open in the diagonal directions and closed longitudinally, creating a uniform skyline effect with the nearby structures. The lot was designed so as to create distinct private and public areas - including squares, roads and courtyard, transportation, leisure-time facilities and refreshment areas. There are areas set for commercial activity, shops, bars and offices. 

Lot IV Lot IV has a unified front on via Pio VII that connects the architectures of lots III and V, while the towers inside follow the square grid defined by the road that join the city district's road network. 

After the first phase in which the architectural complex will accommodate the athletes and will therefore be a functional structure for use during the sports events, a second phase will follow in which the Olympic building will be adapted without costly refurbishment into residential housing and the architecture will become an integral part of the city. 

Each building is designed as a hotel and organised into residential units varying in size from one to 4 rooms with at least one toilet facility suitable for a disabled person. To ensure minimum transformation costs into housing, flat types were chosen that are adaptable to future residential use without any structural modification, also as far as installations are concerned. 

Lot V The almost square lot has a total area of about 10,234 sqm. The arrangement and configuration of the buildings is aimed at creating a variety of spaces and images. Each building, although an integral part of the total complex, stands out for its special features in size, shape, materials and decor. 

The average height of the buildings is seven floors with some sections that rise to eight floors. All the buildings located along via Bossoli and via Giordano Bruno have commercial areas on the ground floor and are connected by a lightweight continuous arcade structure. 

The area involved in the project is located between state road no. 23, provincial road no. 215 and the linking road that connects these. The lay of the land looks towards the Argentera Valley and the "Monti della Luna". The tourist residences and hotel complex is structurally developed following the conditioning morphological elements of the site and the possibilities of access. 

The size and the layout of the available area adapted to the construction requirements of the project and the width of the "sleeve", indicate that the most efficient construction would be in linear inter-connected blocks laid out along the level contours of the terrain. 

Basically the Olympic Village compound is made up of seven buildings that provide an ample area of general services and access to the ski lifting plants through a large atrium protected by a large covering facing south.

Olympic Village ex Colonia Medail
The Colonia Medail in Bardonecchia, built between 1937 and 1939 is one of the most rigorous and mature works designed by the architect Gino Levi Montalcini. It is composed of parallel main pavilions three-floors above ground connected by one-storey structures with arcades in places and by a two-storey pavilion along the avenue. The two main buildings are arranged so that they form a Greek key design that delineates a large courtyard facing south. 

The Medail Village have accommodated athletes participating in the Olympic snowboard, skeleton, freestyle and luge competitions.

The need arose for a radical renovation of the entire complex and for the construction of a new building to satisfy the requirements of the Olympics. These interventions have given the new structure an accommodation capacity for 702 people. The entire area has been renewed and the green area and square restored. The area beyond Viale della Vittoria towards the river has been used to construct a ground level parking area.