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Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angeli

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Mario Botta, Enzo Cucchi
location Rivera
function chapel
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The building 'detaches' itself, as it were, from the mountain to form a new horizon, the starting point of an ideal viaduct. The passageway begins at the natural slope of the mountain, and offers two paths: one, open air, leading out to a belvedere that looks out across the valley, and another leading down inside the walls towards the church entrance beneath. The roof of the chapel is formed by the amphitheatre-type steps, turned back towards the mountain, thereby negating the very idea of a roof and transforming the architectonic gesture into a continuous passageway that offers new mountain views. The plastic forms, the transverse composition, and the innovative configurations make up a kind of 'negative' image gathered beneath the horizon of the walkway. Inside, the circular space of the church has three naves; the lower central one is distinguished at the entrance by two heavy columns, and narrows towards the area of the small apse that protrudes from the main volume of the church.

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Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angeli
Alpe Foppa / Monte Tamaro
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily from 4 April - 1 November 2009: 08.30 - 17.00.
How to get there? Rivera is located between Bellinzona and Lugano. Once there take a cable car to the Alpe Foppa at 1530m.
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Completion 1996
Floor area/size 184 m2
Main designer, ArchitectMario Botta
ArtistEnzo Cucchi
Client Egidio Cattaneo
Project ID 4681
Latitude/Longitude 46°07'03N 08°53'38E
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