Francesca Torzo and Lucy Styles are the winners of the 1st Italian Architecture Award


Young architects Francesca Torzo – born in 1975, from Genoa – and Lucy Styles – born in 1984, from London – are the winners of the 1st ‘Premio Italiano di Architettura‘ (Italian Architecture Prize), awarded by the MAXXI Museum, Rome and the Triennale Milano with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

cover image: portraits of Francesca Torzo (left) and Lucy Styles

Francesca Torzo won the award for the best building completed in the last 3 years with her Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture (2019), an exhibition space recently opened in Hasselt, Belgium. For the jury “the project sets it apart for its capability to interpret the historical context and reconfigure it into a contemporary exhibition space”.

The award for the best under-40 architect went to Lucy Styles for her installation ‘Home Sweet Home’ (2020), which won the 8th edition of YAP Rome at MAXXI, organized by MAXXI, MoMA and MoMA PS1 in collaboration with the Constructo association of Santiago de Chile, to promote the work of young architects through a commission for a temporary installation in the MAXXI’s courtyard.

Cino Zucchi was awarded an honorable mention for his Lavazza Headquarters in Turin, and Renzo Piano received the Lifetime Achievement Award.




above: Francesca Torzo, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, photos Gion Balthasar Von Albertini.





above: Lucy Styles, installation ‘Home Sweet Home’, YAP Rome at MAXXI, 2020, render and installation views, photos by Musacchio, Ianniello e Pasqualini.
The installation will be open to the public from 1 July to 25 October 2020


above: Cino Zucchi, Lavazza Headquarters, Turin, photo by Andrea Martiradonna



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