The Canton of Ticino has strong evidence of its industrial activity on its territory, many of which are now abandoned due to the technological changes taking place. This cultural and architectural heritage represents a resource that has so far been scarcely used at a tourist level, which is well suited to be exploited to a greater extent in order to expand the regional tourist offer.
Theme lead: Stefano Dell'Orto
The small industrial village of Cima Norma in the Blenio valley, with over 120 years of history, has hosted food production activities within its walls. The longest and longest lasting has given it the name of a former chocolate factory. When the production of Oro Bruno was finished at the end of the sixties of the last century, it hosted military provisions, events, industrial vehicles storage, self storage and handicraft activities such as the manufacture of leather belts, the last production activity to cease a few weeks ago. Since the early 2000s, in the main building 10 areas from 80 to 300 square meters each have been transformed into flats on the loft model and are inhabited by as many tenants. A further 2000sqm have been adapted to safety regulations in order to host cultural events, seminars, training courses or coworking spaces. More than one thousand square metres in the main building, in addition to the buildings that make up the industrial agglomeration Cima Norma, are waiting to be enhanced in the reception and provision of tourist services.
imagine ways of using and reusing spaces so that they can be shaped in an efficient, eco-sustainable way, integrating the tourist purpose with residential life. Solutions that can broaden the visibility of a territory with a great architectural, historical and gastronomic heritage.