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San Paolo Parish Complex Foligno

Umbrian Church Building, Italy – design by Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas in Italy

post updated 15 Mar 2017

San Paolo Parish Complex of Foligno

Location: Umbria, central Italy

Date built: 2001-09

Design: Massimiliano Fuksas, Doriana Fuksas / Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture

Complesso Parrocchiale S Paolo, Foligno

San Paolo Parish Complex
“The suspension of a volume within another. See the sky through the concrete, outside, inside, outside”
Massimiliano Fuksas

This project won the national competition organised by the Italian Episcopal Conference to design new parish centres: “to provide an innovative and decisive landmark in accordance with the latest international research and symbolising the rebirth of the city after the earthquake”.

The parish complex is made up of two main elements that are identified by the functions of the religious centre. The first element, the Church, is a monolith of pure geometry which accommodates the suspension of a volume within another, while drawing attention to the sense of verticality. The dimensions of the major external volume, 30 x 22,5 meters and 25 meters high, correspond to the dimensions of the room.

San Paolo Parish Complex Foligno
photograph : Moreno Maggi

The second element, an extended and short parallelepiped, houses the Vestry, the premises of the Pastoral Ministry and the Rectory.

A third translucent body, the Ferial Chapel, connects and separates the two main elements.

Inside the monolith, a perimetral cut offering a glance of the sky lights up the interstitial space between the two volumes contained one within the other.

Structural elements in the shape of a pyramidal frustum connect the external volume to the suspended one and create openings having the same geometrical shape that are carved on the northern and southern sides of both volumes. From these openings – with an irregular cut – beams of light enter directly inside the room The interior was intended to emphasize the centrality of the Altar, whereas the Baptismal Font and the Ambon are located asymmetrically to the former. The dominant idea is to underline the active role of the celebrating Assembly.

The design of the interior and the lighting bodies evokes the idea of essentiality and purity. The sober shape of the oak pews inspires meditation. The religious ornaments made of stone, such as the Altar, the Ambon and the Baptismal Font, are emphasized by the beams of light crossing the monolith both vertically and obliquely. The effect created during the day by the natural light is recreated at night by hanging lights whose angular shape retraces the profile of the openings carved on both volumes.

The Master Enzo Cucchi has created the monument “Stele-Croce” for the area outside the Church, a 13,50 meter high sculpture, made of concrete and Carrara white marble, that also becomes an architectural element.

The Master Mimmo Paladino has created the 14 iron sculptures representing the Stations of the Cross.

source: San Paolo Parish Complex Foligno

San Paolo Parish church building in Foligno
photograph : Moreno Maggi

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Progetto architettonico: Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas

Il Complesso Parrocchiale di S Paolo a Foligno è un monolite di geometria pura, una scatola nella scatola. Sono due gli elementi architettonici principali che si identificano anche con le funzioni del centro religioso.

Il primo elemento, la Chiesa, è costituita da due parallelepipedi inseriti l’uno nell’altro, ponendo l’attenzione sul senso di verticalità. Questo effetto e’ funzionale alla volontà di identificare la Chiesa come elemento di avvicinamento tra i fedeli e Dio.

Il secondo elemento, anch’esso di forma parallelepipeda ma allungato e basso, ospita la Sagrestia, i locali del Ministero Pastorale e la Casa Canonica.

Un terzo corpo, di dimensioni minori, unisce questi ultimi due. L’ingresso alla Chiesa è una passerella, un ponte, è un taglio orizzontale su un lato del parallelepipedo esterno, una simbolica fessura, un contatto con l’interno.

Le facciate della Chiesa sono diverse l’una dall’altra, una serie di fessure operate sulle superfici lasciano penetrare verticalmente raggi di luce indirizzati verso gli elementi principali dell’aula: l’Altare, l’Ambone, la Sede di chi presiede e il Fonte battesimale.

COMPLESSO PARROCCHIALE S PAOLO, FOLIGNO

Luogo: Foligno, Italia
Data: 2001-09
Committente: Conferenza Episcopale Italiana – Diocesi di Foligno
Progetto: Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas
Lotto d’intervento: 20,690 sqm
Edificio Chiesa: 610 sqm
Complesso parrocchiale: 1,300 sqm
Strutture: Ing. Gilberto Sarti
Impianti: A.I. Engineering
Interventi artistici: Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino
Impresa di costruzione: Ediltecnica spa
Arredi sacri in pietra FUKSAS DESIGN: Scalpellino Maurizio Volpi
Arredi in legno FUKSAS DESIGN: Falegnameria Bertini
Corpi illuminanti FUKSAS DESIGN: iGuzzini illuminazione

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