Contemporary Worship: Cappella nel Bosco
Sara Pepitone -- Interior Design, 2/1/2013 2:12:00 PM
| Project Name: Cappella nel Bosco|
Location: Varano de Marchesi, Parma, Italy
Firm: Studio Zermani Associati
Square Feet: 104
For their most recent chapel project—Cappella nel Bosco—the firm created a place of prayer integrated in a hilly private property where ancient pilgrims once passed en route to Rome.
"The main principle behind my [religious] projects remains, just like it has always been for architects of western Christianity, that of revealing the cross," says Zermani. "Every day the morning sun illuminates this cross in a direct way, gradually projecting the shadow on the wall. When the sun is higher, before disappearing behind the mountain, the shadow of the cross reflects on the ground for a short time."
A wall fragment joins the cross. Together they can be viewed from the home where the project's commissioners reside, about 980 feet away. Creating a link between interior and exterior structures, between people and buildings and nature, encompassing the entire architectural area, is a theme for Zermani.
He explains it as the fusion between the cross, the layout of the building, and the human figure—a reference to the concept of re-birth, which Zermani believes continues to gain value. "The figure [of the cross] is still the figure of Christ." he says.
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