Its numerous parts are clustered around the industrial complex of the Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Mill, which still processes highly precious raw materials, such as merino wool, kid mohair, cashmere and vicuña.
The art of working wool, already widespread in medieval times, spread across the Biella area thanks to the abundance and quality of its water, the softest in Europe and indispensable for working natural fibers, the secret of the excellence of the fabrics made for men’s fashion.
On the Wool Mills’ roof terraces there’s an installation by Daniel Buren crated for the ALL'APERTO contemporary art project.
The Wool Mill can be visited on the FAI Spring Days in March.
With the growth of his wool mill and of Trivero, Ermenegildo Zegna decided to build a community center to improve the quality of life of the population.
Designed to bring together various services of public utility, the “center” was also to become the starting point of the Strada Panoramica, the road begun on Ermenegildo Zegna’s initiative in 1938 to provide easy access to the fantastic landscapes of the uplands and the numerous paths leading into the wilds of Valsessera.
In the ’30s he started to build the Center (employees recreation club) with a cinema and theater, a spacious ballroom and billiards room, a restaurant, a hotel, a public library, a nursery, a tobacconist’s, a newsagent’s, a tailor’s, a hairdresser’s and a cobbler’s.
The Zegna Welfare Center was officially opened in 1940 along with the “Maternity and Infancy Clinic” next to the covered pool and gym.
ALL'APERTO project art works are installed around the Centro Zegna and elsewhere in Trivero.