Santo Volto di Ges¨
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.