On Friday April 24th at 11 a.m. the new Church in Foligno, designed by Architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, is being inaugurated.
The project was won in 2001 after a national competition organized by the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana for the construction of new churches, the jury explains the reasons for choosing this project;, perceiving it "...as a sign of innovation that meets the latest international research, becoming a symbol of rebirth for the city after the earthquake. "
Photographs by Moreno Maggi
The new parish designed by Fuksas Architects, is a monolith of pure geometry, absolute, in a tin box.
There are two main architectural elements that are identified with the functions of the religious center, the first element, the Church building, consists of two rectangles inserted into one another, the second element, also rectangular shape but long and low, is home to the Sacristy, the Pastoral Ministry of Local and Casa Canonica.
A third an architectural element, smaller, combining the latter two. Spirituality and meditation joined together in a play of natural light entering horizontally and vertically, drawing a dialogue with the sky.
Referring to his concept Massimiliano Fuksas describes its main volume as: "The suspension of a volume within another. Seeing through concrete heaven, from outside, to inside, to outside.”
Enzo Cucchi, prepared for the outside of the church sculpture "Stele-Cross" in cement and white marble from Carrara. A tall totem 13.50 meter itself becomes architectural element. Mimmo Paladino created the 14 Stations of the Cross and Fuksas Design designed furniture and lighting.
At the presentation of the Church, on the initiative and the City and Diocese of Foligno, and the organization of OICOS REFLECTIONS, will be held on April 24-26, 2009, the event "In the sacred architecture - Three days with the architecture of Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas ".
Project Details and Credits:
Site location: Foligno, Italy
Inauguration date: 2009
Client: Conferenza Episcopale Italiana – Diocesi di Foligno
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Total lot area: 20,690 m2
Building area: 610 m2
Parish complex: 1300 m2
Structure: Ing. Gilberto Sarti. Services: A.I. Engineering. Artists: Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino. General contractor: Ediltecnica spa. Stone furniture FUKSAS DESIGN: Scalpellino Maurizio Volpi. Wood furniture FUKSAS DESIGN: Falegnameria Bertini, Lighting FUKSAS DESIGN, Iguzzini illuminazione