A challenging home for art
Z33 Exhibition Hall in Hasselt
Vleugel 19 (Wing 19) by Francesca Torzo is the new exhibition building at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture located in the east Belgian city of Hasselt. It is not only the façade of the new building by Francesca Torzo that has been significantly influenced by the location of the structure in a former béguinage. The Italian architect has taken up elements of the historical old town in her interior concept as well. Spaces large and small, tall and low alternate in a twisty exhibition course that holds many surprises. In the interview, Torzo elucidates the long, intensive story behind her design.
Since 2008, Francesca Torzo has been operating an architecture studio in Genoa. She designs building projects in Europe and China as well as art installations, furniture and household objects. Teaching and academic research, but also close collaboration with artisans, are great influences in her work. Torzo studied architecture in Delft, Barcelona, Mendrisio and Venice before working with Peter Zumthor and others and teaching for eight years at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. Since 2017, she has been a professor at the Bergen School of Architecture. Her expansion to the Z33 exhibition hall in Hasselt was her contribution to the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice; in the same year, she was distinguished with the international Piranesi Award.
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