Turin-based Pininfarina Architecture has revealed its designs for Italy’s first digital fabrication and prefabrication laboratory. The “Cofactory”, as it is called, will cover around 1,000 square meters in the Certosa district of northwest Milan. It will contain numerical-control machines and rapid prototyping tools, alongside office space and laboratories. Pininfarina said that the aim iss to provide a centre for companies that want to design individual components of buildings “in such a way as to make their manufacture and final assembly easier and more efficient, while at the same time reducing production times and costs”.The Cofactory is part of the Designtech initiative. This hopes to create an innovation hub that offers agile manufacturing to companies operating in the furniture, construction, architecture and real estate sectors. The factory and hub aims to become a national reference point in the world of construction and property technology, or “prop-tech”.The Designtech initiative was the brainchild of Ivan Tallarico, founder of Hi-Interiors, and a group of entrepreneurs and professionals with complementary experiences in the fields of industrial design, automotive and marine engineering, hospitality, fashion and media. Its first Co-working space opens today.As well as the Cofactory, Co-living spaces are being planned as “living labs to foster open innovation dynamics, start-up acceleration, venture building, rapid prototyping and the testing of new products and services”.