DUPARC Contemporary Suites: art hotel in Turin, Italy

Contemporary art, unique architecture and design

The DUPARC Contemporary Suites is the art hotel in Turin where contemporary art lives.

A concrete and glass casket, the perfect mix between rationalism and brutalism architecture, which houses a large private collection of contemporary and Arte Povera works of art, always in motion, to be admired from the common areas up to the inside of the suites.

The address not to be missed for art lovers who want to stay in Turin.

DUPARC Contemporary Suites and contemporary art

Since day one contemporary art has always lived at the DUPARC Contemporary Suites. Here all the spaces have been designed to host artworkst, not exhibited as in a museum or a gallery, but as part of the environment and architecture that surrounds them.

Since its construction, in the seventies, the hotel has been designed by the architect Petrazzini and the artist Levi with this innovative concept of shared spaces, between people and works of art. To the point that the couple personally asked their friends, artists and exponents of contemporary art international and italian of the 60s and 70s, to create for the hotel artworks in tune with the environments and architecture.

The private collection is constantly growing and evolving. The works, both of the most established and emerging artists, move both inside the structure and outside, traveling the world between museums and temporary exhibitions.

Lobby at DUPARC Contemporary Suites, Torino
Art at DUPARC Contemporary Suites, Torino
Art at DUPARC Contemporary Suites, Torino

The collection

Browsing through our hall you will encounter among the most iconic works the "Gleaner" by Anselm Reyle, a tree by Giuseppe Penone, the meditation capsule by Atelier Van Lieshout, the Marylin by Mimmo Rotella, "Le Main Ouverte" by Le Corbusier, the installation "Logo no. 44" by Richard Woods and the reinforced concrete by Giuseppe Uncini and Michelangelo Pistoletto.


During your stay in the suites the  paintings by Mario Schifano and the iconic mirrored paintings by Michelangelo Pistoletto will keep you company. And in the most recent suites, to watch over your dreams, there are the headboards of the beds created specifically for the DUPARC by the Turinese artist Elisa Sighicelli.

DUPARC Contemporary Suites and architecture

To welcome you a unique building of its kind, relevant among the buildings of Turin modernism.

Born in 1971 from the dream of the architect Laura Petrazzini and the contemporary artist Corrado Levi to create "a hotel in Turin center where you feel better than at home. The safety, tranquility and efficiency of a place where everything is thought for the guest to feel at home."

It is one of the urban presences, of the seventies, most modern; a building of impact and avant-garde for those years.

In the structure the architects have managed to combine the functionality of Italian rationalism with the expressiveness of brutalism.

In the Italian rationalism every building must reach the best possible utility, the materials used and the construction system must be subordinated to this requirement or what is functional is also beautiful; while in the architectural current of brutalism is attributed aesthetic value to the elements of the construction in view.

According to these principles, reinforced concrete has been left visible in all the common areas where the technical installations such as the electrical system channels have been left visible and the ventilation duct Installation "Logo no. 44, 2009" by Richard Woods, which runs vertically from the lobby to the restaurant.


DUPARC Contemporary Suites: the architects

Laura Petrazzini

Architect, he graduated in 1959 from the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. In 2002 it was included in the Honor Register of the twentieth century, an institution that handed down the memory of the 38 professionals who have given prestige to the category with the quality of the works, dedication to work, cultural and educational production, participation in civil life.

Corrado Levi

Artist and writer, architect and teacher at the Politecnico di Milano, but also a collector and discoverer of artistic talents. It represents one of the most singular and interesting figures on the international art scene. Known among the people of Turin for having realized, in collaboration with the group Cliostraat, the work "Baci Rubati - Piercing" in Piazza Corpus Domini for the Biennale Giovani in Turin.

Lobby at DUPARC Contemporary Suites, Torino

The Award Architetture Rivelate 2007

In 2007 the structure won the prestigious award from the Order of Architects of Turin ARCHITETTURE RIVELATE 2007 to be "one of the most interesting post-war projects that testifies to the continuity of rationalist research underlined by the expressiveness of reinforced concrete left visible, the essentiality of the design and the updated technological research".

The award ARCHITETTURE RIVELATE was established to make known and give visibility to works that, through a careful design interpretation and a coherent realization, help to determine a better quality of the built environment and to reward the ability and professional commitment of architects.


DUPARC Contemporary Suites and design

Since its opening at the DUPARC Contemporary Suites, design has been at home.

The original apartments have not only been designed to house the works of art but also to store pieces of furniture and design accessories.

Even now in the suites you can find the great 70s design classics by Vitra and Kartell, among the most famous pieces the Marsala/Safi armchair by Ligne Roset, Tolomeo and Nesso lamps by Artemide and the iconic brackets by Flos designed by Achille Castiglioni and Piero Manzù. To give a sense of continuity with the past, during the most recent renovations, more contemporary complements were selected but from the same brands selected by the architect Petrazzini.


The project IN Residence

For over seven years, between 2009 and 2016, the DUPARC Contemporary Suites hosted the IN Residence Design Dialogues workshop, a project related to design culture.

In the workshop, design is understood as a process aimed at generating innovative ideas starting from creative resources, creating useful solutions and capable of transmitting emotions. IN Residence is a project divided into closely related components; the general program are part, in addition to the central event of the annual thematic workshop (IN R / W: Workshop), a series of exhibitions (IN R / E: Exhibition), a series of publications (IN R / D: Diary), a website (IN R / J: Journal) and the sequence of non-regular public meetings "Design That Talks!".

Starting from 2019, the we hosted a new project IN Residence Residencies.

The curators of the project of IN Residence select and invite to Turin two emerging designers who, during their stay at DUPARC, are involved in visits and meetings on the territory. Thanks to the suggestions collected during the residency the designers create two original projects that will be exhibited and marketed by some of the most prestigious galleries in the sector. In addition, the project involves the publication of two separate monographs for international distribution.