CEI 2011 Competition” Winner Project
The church, dedicated to Saint Maria Goretti, has been designed to feature as a distinctive building within the context it is placed. The main façade, which overlooks the new square of the church, is characterized by few essential elements, which define the main symbols of the Christian tradition, such as the entrance door and the cross. The layout has a natural look and a flowing structure, which draws inspiration from the curves of Baroque architecture. It creates a monumental and dynamic appearance, in which the central space relates differently with each one of the side chapels.
Artifacts have been conceived by taking into account the overall architectural concept, along with the specific interior-spaces they will be placed in. The idea is to make art and architecture to coexist without compromising their autonomy. For this purpose, the interior decorations make an extensive use of traditional materials like marble, bronze and mosaic, thus creating an interplay with the baroque features of the innovative architecture. Thanks to the application of passive design’s principles, the building makes the best use of available natural resources. Natural ventilation and lighting enable the building to relate harmoniously with the surrounding environment, thus limiting the resort to mechanical plants.
Place: Mormanno, Cosenza Italy
Type: Competition; New construction, religious building
Project: Santa Maria Goretti Church
Client: Diocesi of Cassano all’Jonio
Architectural Project: Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna
Architectural Project Group: Mario Cucinella (Founder and Creative Director), Luca Sandri (Project Manager)
Competition: Alberto Bruno, Alberto Casarotto
Final Project – Executive: Emanuele Dionigi, Enrico Pintabona, Michele Roveri
Virtual Model / Images: Mario Cucinella Visual, Bologna; Engram, Faenza, Ravenna
Physical Model: Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna
Photo Credit: Duccio Malagamba
Artist: Giuseppe Maraniello
Liturgist: Don Amilcare Zuffi
Structural Project: Milan Engineering, Milan
Plant design: Ing. Paolo Scuderi, Ing. Riccardo Giannoni
Works Manager: Arch. Gaetano Leto
Manager Procedure : Raffaele Boise
Architectural Project Starting Date: 2013
Architectural Project Completion Date: 2016
Construction Site Starting Date: November 2016
Construction Site Completion Date: February 2021
Construction company: Generali Costruzioni, Lagonegro, Potenza
Velario: GiPlanet, Piove di Sacco, Padua
External photocatalytic paint: KEIM – KEIMFARBEN COLORI MINERALI S.R.L.
Interior plaster: HD System
Lighting: Zumtobel (ZG Lighting s.r.l.); Exenia s.r.l.
Net area: 950 sqm