fondazione merz 2002 2005
format: 15 x 21 cm
date of publication: March 2006
images: 100 col. and b/w
An illustrated overview of the architectural development of the Fondazione Merz, this is the book of the building. With beautiful photography it describes the finished building, the ideas behind it and the way in which it was designed and built. This visual narrative includes views of the construction and the Fondazione completed and in use.
The Fondazione’s site, a former heating plant for the Lancia factory, is a 1930s industrial building owned by the City of Turin and given in concession to the Fondazione Merz. It is located in Borgo San Paolo, an area now undergoing the urban and cultural revitalisation and refurbishment affecting much of Turin in recent years.
The refurbishment and restoration, supported by both private and public funds (City of Turin and the Regione Piemonte), has affected the whole building, defining the interior spaces and taking into account the cultural purposes the Fondazione intends pursuing. The building has an overall area of 3,200 m2, of which 1,400 for an exhibition area over three floors and including an external area.