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Santo Volto di Gesu

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Sartogo Architetti Associati
location Rome
function church
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How to reconcile a vision of the divine, something that has generally been represented using the symbolic forms of the circle, sphere and central plan, with the requirements of a modern culture that tends to avoid the ideals of wholeness, perfection and hierarchy? Sartogo Architetti intelligently resolved this problem in Rome. The first step entailed designing a semi-circular church hall and adding to this solid the void of an exterior apse, also semi-circular in form, so that the two forms complete one another. The second step consisted of placing a large round window, reminiscent of medieval rose windows, in the perimeter wall. This is coupled with the emerging form of a semi-dome, containing a parish centre, suggesting the possible transformation of the virtual circumference of the plan into a sphere. The path that separates the church from the parish centre is a highly symbolic space and converges towards a focal point that is dominated by a narrow and elongated cross.

superjun says:
i like the interior space
Berlin, Germany 09-Oct-09
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Completion 2006
ArchitectSartogo Architetti Associati
artistEliseo Mattiacci (Cross)
Client Vicariato Opera Romana per la Preservazione della Fede e la Provvista di Nuove Chiese in Roma
Project ID 900
Latitude/Longitude 41°51'07N 12°27'33E
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