From Alessandro Antonelli??
The Mole Antonelliana, the architectural symbol of Torino, was begun in 1863 by Alessandro Antonelli, an architect from Novara. The building was originally meant to be a synagogue but the Municipality of Torino bought it in 1878, while it was still under construction, with the intent of turning it into a monument to national unity. Construction was completed in 1889, not by Antonelli (who died the year before at the age of ninety) but by his son Costanzo. At the time of its completion, at 167.5 meters in height, it was the tallest masonry building in all of Europe.
Antonelli worked on the Mole Antonelliana up until his death: the famous pulley lift would hoist the almost 90-year-old architect to the top of his cupola so he could personally oversee construction of the building. Antonelli called his project “a vertical dream.”
...to François Confino
“One can’t imagine a Cinema Museum as just a museum of objects and machines because the essence of cinema is film.”
These are the words of the set designer François Confino, who designed the setup of The National Cinema Museum in 2000 and its new setup in 2006.
“A full-immersion plunge into the world of images in motion and fiction. We have created a temple of cinema in a place of exceptional architectural caliber, a conspiratorial and inviting tribute to the Mole Antonelliana."
The panoramic lift – A bird’s–eye view of Torino
In 1961, on the occasion of the celebrations honoring the 100th anniversary of the Unity of Italy, a panoramic lift was installed. The lift was renovated in 1999 and now takes visitors up to the “small temple” and the extraordinary 360° view from its balcony over the city and the amphitheatre of the Alps. The ride in the transparent crystal cabin lasts 59 seconds as it ascends through the center of the cupola. There are no intermediate floors between the lift’s departure point at the 10 meter level and its arrival point, 85 meters higher up.
Luci d’artista ? The flight of numbers
Since 2002, when the Museum’s external illumination was completed and the project "Luci d’Artista" was inaugurated, a luminous sculpture by Mario Merz, The Flight of Numbers, has taken its place along the outside of the cupola. The sculpture represents the beginning of the Fibonacci series and is a breathtaking conceptual installation that represents the explosive and apparently chaotic growth process that is typical of many natural phenomena.