Foto Francesco Castagna

Il Torrione (literally “The Big Tower”) is one of those very rare places where several completely different historical periods in art and architecture coexist. It was acquired by the Fondazione Coppola in 2017 and was then restored and transformed into the headquarters of the foundation. This 12th century tower soars to a height of 41.60 meters, from which visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Vicenza encompassing the Basilica Palladiana, the cathedral, the city’s bell towers and its more modern buildings.

The foundation has made a threefold commitment: first of all the purchase of the Torrione, which was then donated to the Municipality of Vicenza in exchange for a 30-year concession for it to be dedicated to contemporary art; secondly a complex process of restoration supervised by the company UP3 Architetti Associati and the local Superintendency of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; and lastly the creation of an exhibition space with a modern lighting system and panels, specially designed for displaying various different types of artworks to the best advantage.

The visitor experience is enhanced by the sophisticated plan of the architects Paolo De Biasi and Francesco Durante for the exhibition areas throughout the entire building. The artworks on every floor are illuminated by an innovative LED system that can be adjusted according to their specific aesthetic requirements. With a minimal visual and structural impact, which is however highly versatile and flexible, the panels and lights also enhance the internal areas of the tower.