FORUM OMEGNA has been built upon the former ironworks “COBIANCHI”, whose blast furnaces were employed in the melting of cast iron. The ironworks’ old vault, its bearing walls as well as the travelling crane and its storage hoppers have all been preserved.

Ironworks “Cobianchi” has been Omegna’s first industrial complex until 1967 and its activity stopped during the 80’s, when the factory was closed down.

In 1995 Omegna’s municipal administration started the rebuilding of the old ironworks, laying the foundations for the present Forum.