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Fiat Tagliero Building
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The Fiat Tagliero Building in Asmara, capital city of Eritrea, is a Futurist-style service station completed in 1938 and designed by the Italian engineer Giuseppe Pettazzi.[1]

Conceived as a simple petrol station, Pettazzi designed a building that resembles an aeroplane[2] incorporating a central tower with office space, cashiers desk and shop — and supporting a pair of 15m cantilevered, reinforced concrete wings. During construction, local authorities required each wing to be supported by pillars, and original plans, found in 2001, depicted the supports.[1] Pettazzi maintained the supports were unnecessary and reportedly settled the argument by threatening to kill the contractor if the supports were not removed.[1] In the end the supports were removed and the wings held.[1]

The building remains structurally sound and has not been damaged during numerous conflicts affecting the Horn of Africa during the twentieth century. Restored in 2003, the service station is Category I listed in Eritrea, meaning no part of the building may be altered.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d Denison, Edward (2007). Bradt Travel Guide: Eritrea. Bradt. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-84162-171-5.
  2. ^ Denison, Edward (2007). Bradt Travel Guide: Eritrea. Bradt. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-84162-171-5.

Coordinates: 15°19′42″N 38°55′33″E / 15.32833°N 38.92583°E / 15.32833; 38.92583