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Z33: House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture

Located in Hasselt, Belgium, Z33’s original 1958 building is one of a group of structures that once housed the city’s ‘beguinage’, a house for religious laywomen.

The new extension reinterprets the surrounding eighteenth-century buildings and faces largely away from the street towards a central garden.

The unit of the building is the rhombus brick, which is cast in three types of clay. In contrast to the classical layout of the original building, the extension offers an ensemble of galleries that vary in size, proportion and lighting.

Designed by Francesca Torzo.

Image credit | Francesca Torzo

Image credit | Francesca Torzo

Image credit | Francesca Torzo

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Background image credit | Francesca Torzo