Z33 House for Contemporary Art

The historic complex of Hasselt beguinage resembles an island in the urban fabric: the garden is enclosed by a wall of inhomogeneous brick buildings, to which the house for art belongs. It is a place of rest, with a different sound from the bustling city center.

Z33 is one building made of two: the existing museum from 1958 and the extension. The new building form responds to the context: towards the city it folds to accompany the street walkway; towards the garden it folds to welcome the garden in a niche, echoing the facade of the XIX century neighboring Gin factory.
The extension building is an ensemble of simple rooms that vary in size, proportion and light atmosphere. The rooms overlook each other, offering plural perspectives and views as it happens in a city.

The thresholds are the device that allows you to recognize the spatial sequences, then a time and a depth of the parcour, and finally to tune a perception of the different scales of the spaces.
For further information, please visit www.francescatorzo.it.

PROJECT Z33 House for Contemporary Art
ARCHITECTS Francesca Torzo Architetto
LOCATION Hasselt, Belgium
YEAR 2019
LEAD ARCHITECT Francesca Torzo
PHOTO Gion Balthasar von Albertini