Recognised by UNESCO in 1997 as a part of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Italy) World Heritage site, and situated on the banks of the River Po, the Valentino Castle is an important historic monument in Piedmont’s regional capital, and houses the main offices for the Departments of Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino. The workshop will take place in the beautiful Hall of Honour. This large, lofty hall is the most significant area in terms of iconography; architecturally it marks the link between the two symmetrical apartments for the Princess Regent Cristina and the Crown Prince through the loggia and the double ramp staircase. The background of painted scenes on the walls draws attention to the many and long-standing alliances that were forged between the dukes of Savoy and the kings of France. Restoration of the frescoes and vaulted ceiling in the hall began in the early 1990s. A new floor of terracotta tiles was also laid, in keeping with the original materials. The Hall of Honour is now used as meeting room with up-to-date audiovisual equipment.
The JRC Site in Ispra, the third biggest EU Commission site after Brussels and Luxembourg, covers an area of 167 hectares with ca 138 buildings hosting ca 1 850 staff. After more than 50 years of development, Ispra is firmly established as one of Europe's leading research campuses. Nested in the beautiful setting of the Italian lakes, Ispra provides a fascinating, multicultural working environment for people from all over Europe and beyond.