Architecture Speaks! Francesca Torzo

francesca torzo architetto, Genoa, Italy
Wednesday 30.1.2019
1:15 pm Otakaari 1x Espoo (lecture hall A1)
6.00 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
For an architect so young, Francesca Torzo has attracted widespread praise both for her projects and philosophy of design. Torzo places a conceptual emphasis on the multisensory and personal nature of the architectural experience and design process.
Torzo’s new wing for the Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium was among the projects showcased at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018. Although this was one of Torzo’s first major projects, its shows an exemplary and inspiring level of skill and poetic sensibility, praised the curators of the main exhibition,Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Her approach to design combines practicality and intellectual rigour with a pure love of architecture. Torzo pays special attention to detail: each brick was made strictly according to the architect’s specifications to ensure the right shade and tactile effect. Her approach to integrating the existing rooms with the new wing is intriguing, appearing to be random and intuitive yet controlled at the same time. It feels almost as if she guides us through the building based on her own personal experience of the interior.
“Francesca Torzo’s haptic and lyrical exhibit at the Venice Biennale lit a fire that makes us want to see and hear more,” says Professor Jenni Reuter, who curated the lecture series.