Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi has revealed plans to rebuild the site where it has been producing bikes for a century.

It has commissioned famous US architect and designer Greg Lynn to oversee the redevelopment of the entire site, as well as preserving its historical significance.

Time Magazine included Lynn among the world’s 100 most innovative people of the 21st century, while Forbes Magazine called him one of the world’s 10 most influential architects.

Moto Guzzi is the oldest continuous European manufacturer.

Established in 1921, in Mandello del Lario, the company was conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic who served in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare during World War I: Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi.

In 1928, Carlo’s bother, Giuseppe Guzzi, made headlines when he rode a GT 500 Norge to the Arctic Circle.

The company has just revealed its latest model, the V100 Mandello, which it says ushers a new era for the historic Italian brand. 

Its stunning lines, cutting-edge engine and state-of-the-art technologies introduce the Moto Guzzi brand for the next 100 years.

The planned redevelopment of the site includes open spaces for public use and a meeting place for the community, founded on culture, design and mechanics, with a strong green focus in line with contemporary trends.

As an initiative towards environmental sustainability and efficiency of resources, the new buildings will also use the existing structures, with materials chosen with close attention to efficient energy management, thanks to photovoltaic systems and eco-sustainable materials.

The site will be a focal point for Guzzi enthusiasts as well as international tourists interested in the history and charms of the Moto Guzzi brand.

The extension of the factory’s production capacity, to match the constant growth in demand, will be part of a completely new approach to the layout of Mandello.

In addition to the new factory, the project will create new conference facilities to host both internal and external events, as well as a hotel and a restaurant for a complete range of amenities to welcome visitors from around the world.

Work is due to start later this year and will be completed in the first half of 2025.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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