Santa Maria Goretti Church

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Santa Maria Goretti Church

Santa Maria Goretti

“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 (CS) Italy

Type: Competition – selected project

Year: 2012

Surface: 450 mq

Team: Mario Cucinella, Luca Sandri with Alberto Bruno, Alberto Casarotto, Emanuele Dionigi, Pietro Marziali, Enrico Pintabona, Michele Roveri

Artist: Giuseppe Maraniello

Liturgist: Don Amilcare Zuffi

Structural engineering: Milan Ingegneria

Structural engineering: Milan Ingegneria

MEP: Studio tecnico P.S.

Hydro-thermo-sanitary installations: Studio Tecnico Ing.  Riccardo Giannoni

Visual: Engram Studio

Photo credit: MCArchive