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Fiat Factory Roof Gets New Life as Public Space in Italy’s Motor City

The test track on top of the carmaker’s former plant at Lingotto in Turin has been converted into a garden and art space.

Visitors at La Pista 500 rooftop garden on the top of the Lingotto, Fiat’s former car factory in Turin, Italy.

Visitors at La Pista 500 rooftop garden on the top of the Lingotto, Fiat’s former car factory in Turin, Italy.

Photographer: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

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Turin’s latest public amenity is a large rooftop garden and art space where visitors will be able view installations or even do yoga among meadow-like beds of flowering grasses. Called La Pista 500, it will offer another activity you don’t normally associate with a park or gallery: test-driving electric cars.

This juxtaposition of art, nature and manufacturing may seem unlikely, but the garden is not located on just any post-industrial site. In a city synonymous with Fiat, the project is a makeover of the specially constructed 4.2 acre rooftop track that caps what was once Europe’s largest car factory.