Foto Francesco Castagna
Few places like “Il Torrione” (“The Tower”) can offer an architectural dialogue between different historical periods. Fondazione Coppola acquired it in 2017. Subsequently it restored and transformed it into the address of the foundation. The first roots of “Il Torrione” go back to the 12th century. Its privileged position allows visitors to have a 60 meters high bird’s eye view of the city encompassing the Palladian Basilica, the Duomo, the town’s bell towers and modern buildings. Today it hosts a modern exhibition space.
There have been three important milestones reached by the Foundation: the purchase of the Torrione and its donation to the City of Vicenza in exchange for a 30-year concession to dedicate the space to contemporary art; the restoration works under the supervision of UP3 Architetti Associati and The Department of Cultural Affairs; the completion of the exhibition space with special panels and a modern lighting system built to present the artworks in an ideal setting.
The visitor experience is enhanced by the sophisticated manner that architects Paolo De Biasi and Francesco Durante designed the exhibition area through the imposing architectural structure. Every floor is equipped with a series of panels. The areas are lit by an innovative adjustable lighting system. The panels and the lighting system have a minimal visual impact and highlight the different volumes and spaces of the tower, granting at the same time great flexibility to the space.