present and past collaborators

arch. giacoma di vieste, arch. julia nahmani, arch. yang tian, arch. nicolò conti, arch. silvia ponte, massimo contini

arch. riccardo amarri, logan amont, emilie appercé, laura bertagno, pablo brenas, tomàs cabral, yangnan cai, francesca caravello, letizia fuerer, lorenzo gatta, daniel giezendanner, arch. előd zoltàn golicza, arch. marco guerra, arch. liaohui guo, kaidan hou, felix jungo, cyril kamber, besart krasniqi, arch. antoine lebot, jovan minic, arch. andrea nardi, arch. anna oliva, anna opitz, costanza passuello, alessandro pecci, arch. martina piccolo, arch. francesco rizzi, juri schonenberger, shaohan tang, domenico singha pedroli, xin tang, nicola torniamenti, gion balthasar von albertini, jianfeng wang, jie zhang, yatong zhao, tong zhao

website design ramdath mos from an idea by jovan & nicola

curriculum vitae

Francesca Torzo (*1975 in Padova, Italy) established her own studio in Genova in 2008. She has studied architecture at the TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, AAM in Mendrisio, and the IUAV in Venice. She has been working for Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein and Bosshard Vaquer in Zurich and has been a teaching assistant for Atelier Bearth at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland. Since 2017 she is holding a professorship at the Bergen School of Architecture in Norway and in 2020 at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.

Torzo has been part of the 16th architecture Biennale in Venice, Freespace curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 2018 and was appointed chairman of the Maarten Van Severen Foundation in Ghent between 2018 and 2019.

She received the WA Moira Gemmill prize in 2020. Her project for the extension of the Z33 in Hasselt has been awarded with the International Piranesi award in 2018, as well as with the Italian Architecture prize in 2020. The project has also been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award of 2020.

office profile

The studio consists of a small international team of young architects with a core of few stable ones and a high turnover of the others. Collaborators are named project architect for individual assignments, but they are required to train knowledge and awareness of all projects running in the office. Such an approach calls for an honest and straightforward engagement. The choice of entrusting with the combination of individual responsibility with a common dialectic is grounded on the belief that thoughts need to be daily exposed to a critical process in order to achieve a shareable clarity.

The teaching and the academic research, the collaboration with builders and the design practice challenge and influence each other in the perspective of building a public discourse, which may support the awakening of curiosity for understanding our way of living and confidence in taking responsibility for it.
The studio has intentionally chosen for more than 10 years a defiladed position to gain the time and the necessary quietness to focus on the work.
The process of design starts for us from an understanding of the material constraints and of the cultural context where we are called to operate. The goal is that of formulating the primary spatial relations, which have to be preserved as a narrative through the complete process. We start from a kind of “nebula”, diffused yet made of atoms and molecules. We draw over and over chasing a vision of something that does not exist yet but that hosts the world we live in and its memory. This activity of collecting, hunting, and discerning demands patience and a sort of empathy with the contradictions of human life. 

selection of works

r18     Bishan Dance school, Huangshan CN

           2019 ⋅ on going

r14     House CMA, Sorano IT

           2020 ⋅ on going

n16    Bamboo Library pavilion, Yangshuo CN

           2019 ⋅ on going

n19    Tenda, Marmomac Verona IT

           2020 ⋅ on going

n15    Podere La Pianella, Procchio IT

           2016 ⋅ on going

p11    Maniera solo exhibition, Brussels BE

           2020 ⋅ realized

e11    Chaosmos, Triennale di Milano IT

           2020 ⋅ realized

n09    Z33 house for contemporary art, Hasselt BE

           2012 ⋅ 2019 ⋅ realized

e10    What is Ornament?, 5th Lisbon Triennale PT

            2019 ⋅ realized

c19     Borromaeum, Salzburg AU 

            2018 ⋅ competition

p09 Mariano & Louis, lamps line design 

2015 ⋅ ongoing

p08 W33, handle line design for izè

2015 - 2018

e08     FREESPACE  16th Biennale di Venezia 

            2018 ⋅ realized

n12 Chiatta Banano, bar & club, Genova IT

2016 ⋅ preliminary project

r16 Pavilion house, holiday house, Sorano IT

2016 ⋅ ongoing

n14 VP, new apartment building, Trento IT

2016 ⋅ preliminary project

r15 Casa M, renovation, Genova IT

2016 ⋅ realized

c12 Villa Chile, university, Mendrisio CH

2015-2016 ⋅ competition

r13 Casa CSL, renovation, Genova IT

2015 ⋅ preliminary project

c10 Pestalozzi, elementary school, Bern CH

2014-2015 ⋅ competition

c08 Pavilion, Design Miami Basel 2015 CH

2014 ⋅ preliminary project

c09 Guggenheim, art museum, Helsinki FI

2014 ⋅ competition

r12 Casa T, renovation, Genova IT 

2012-2013 ⋅ realized

n10 Pavilion B T, bar & dehòr, Genova IT

2012-2013 ⋅ realized

u03 Bonnenfantenstraat, Hasselt BE

2013 ⋅ preliminary project

u02 Hasselt Tourist Map, Hasselt BE

2013 ⋅ preliminary masterplan

f16 SagronMis UNESCO exhibit, Trento IT

2013 ⋅ preliminary project

f15TimeMachine exhibit, Dobbiaco IT

2013-2014 ⋅ realized

c03 Z33 house contemporary art, Hasselt BE

2011-2012 ⋅ competition ⋅ 1st prize

c04Schloss, school, St Gallen CH

2012 ⋅ competition

c05Agone, elementary school, Caslano CH

2012 ⋅ competition i.c.w. arch. N. Polli

c02 Aion, university campus, Lugano CH

2010-2011 ⋅ competition ⋅ 5th prize

n05 Open Air Museum, Wadi Mathendush LY

2010-2011 ⋅ on going

n07 Kitchen, bar pavilion, Genova IT

2011 ⋅ realized

i10 CasaParis, renovation, Genova IT

2010-2011 ⋅ realized

i09 Casa LuLuMa, interior design, Padova IT

2011 ⋅ realized

p06 Hot Gio, handle prototype

2010-2011 ⋅ realized

i08 Casa Mama, interior design, Rapallo IT

2009-2010 ⋅ realized

r08 Casa Green Crane, renovation, Sorano IT

2007-2010 ⋅ realized

n02 Casa Due, holiday house, Sorano IT

2007-2010 ⋅ realized

r07 Kitchen, club & restaurant, Genova IT

2008 ⋅ realized

r06 Scialalletta, restaurant, Pietra Ligure IT

2008 ⋅ realized

r05 Casa Pozzato, renovation, Comacchio IT

2008 ⋅ realized

i04 Balcone, restaurant, Genova IT 

2007 ⋅ realized

r04 Casa Santanna, renovation, Genova IT

2007 ⋅ realized

f06 Kitchen KM, furniture, Milan IT

2007 ⋅ realized

r02 Casa Uno, holiday house, Sorano IT

2005-2006 ⋅ realized

f04 Kitchen 3mm, Genova IT

2006 ⋅ realized

i03Foucault pendulum, exhibit, Padova IT

2005-2006 ⋅ realized ⋅ as baukuh 

u01 Bakemabuurt masterplan, A'dam NL

2003-2006 ⋅ realized ⋅ as baukuh

n01 Teatri di Spina ⋅ Lido di Spina IT

2005 ⋅ preliminary project ⋅ as baukuh

f01 Kitchen 6mm, Padova IT

2003 ⋅ realized

p01 Archivio delle acque, Padova IT

2001 ⋅ prototype i.c.w. J. Conzett