|PROJECT NAME||Cappella nel Bosco|
|LOCATION||Varano de Marchesi, Parma|
|FIRM||Studio Zermani Associati|
|SQ. FT.||104 SQF|
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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