From mid-2017 to the end of 2018, Z33 house for contemporary art will be building an extension designed by Italian architect Francesca Torzo. During these two years, Z33 is actively repositioning itself by engaging in new collaborations and partnerships, while developing a dedicated research space and redefining its approach.

Z33 BUILDS shows study models and pictures of the new extension, a sober and intimate building that will fit effortlessly in the historical fabric of the surroundings and the city. The architecture developed by Genoa-based Torzo is unpretentious and poetic, connecting seamlessly with Vleugel '58, the pre-existing stately exhibition building from 1958.

At Atelier Clerici, visitors are encouraged to step inside Z33's new extension, and come into contact with is atmosphere and stark materiality. Simultaneously, Z33 BUILDS opens doors to new exchanges, inviting all visitors to create a new relationship with the institution.

Z33 belongs to the Beguinage of Hasselt, a monument of the city. The historical complex resembles an island in the urban tissue, due to the exceptional size of the void and the permanency of its border of brick construction.
Z33 is part of this wall of buildings around the precious park. A place of rest, with a different sound from the bustling city centre. The border is a layering of various degrees of privacy: the park, the Begjinhof gardens, walls and gates, the plants and the herbs, the almost blind wall of the Jenever Museum, the modern severity of Vleugel'58 and the solid opening of the Poortgebouw. The house for contemporary art is made by the existing Vleugel '58 and the extension building
The building is an ensemble of simple rooms that varies in size, proportion and light atmosphere, overlooking each one through the other: the combination of rooms echoes the multiplicity of the experiences of a city, with gradients between public and private, exposed and intimate. The facade is the most delicate part of the project: it is the expression of the "house" towards the street. The facade is bound to the brick architecture of the context: a continuous traditional solid masonry with variations in colour and size of both bricks and joints. It is a construction of a double solid wall: an interior "warm" structure coupled with an exterior "cold" structure, which moves according to temperature variations.
Walking along the street, people experience the calm of a long solid brick wall and a few openings.
This can be achieved by building the exterior wall as a solid composite reinforced brick-mortar wall, thus decreasing the quantity of dilatation joints.

Francesca Torzo (Padua, 1975) studied at TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and IUAV in Venice. She has a diploma from the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and graduated with honors from the IUAV in 2001, with arch. Peter Zumthor, prof. Umberto Tubini, arch. Miguel Kreisler, and eng. Jurg Conzett. In 2001, Torzo developed an experimental dry construction in stone with eng. Jurg Conzett and HTW in Chur. From 2001-2002 she worked as project architect at Peter Zumthor architekturburo, in Haldenstein; in 2003 she joined Bosshard Vaquer architekten, in Zurich. In 2008, Torzo started her own office in Genoa. Since 2009, she is an assistant to Atelier Bearth, teaching at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. 

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