a sculptural church designed by miralles tagliabue EMBT is taking shape in the italian city of ferrara. the scheme, which won first place in a design competition back in 2012, seeks to strengthen community identity and is articulated by flowing, organic forms.

image © mattia pedrazzi

 

 

san giacomo church and parish center  is situated on a plot enclosed by slim trees, concealing the building and creating an intimate environment around it. the concept behind miralles tagliabue EMBT‘s design is to establish a new fulcrum for the local community, whereby residents can gather and socialize. to support this concept, the building is designed to have a welcoming presence and the design team has achieved this with the curved architectural form and undulating roofs, which also contrasts with the robust and compact materiality of ferrara’s vernacular. 

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

image © paolo fassoli

 

 

the organic architectural form is also designed to provide both visual and spiritual continuity with the nearby new bridge, the river and the old city of ferrara. the building is positioned in both a visual and spiritual axis with the new bridge and the city beyond the river, but access is achieved via two lateral axes that join the design of the square to the church, acting as two arms open to the community.

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

image © paolo fassoli

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

image © paolo fassoli

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

image © paolo fassoli

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

miralles tagliabue EMBT's design for san giacomo church nears completion in ferrara, italy

 

 

project info:

 

project name: san giacomo church

typology: religious

location: ferrara, italy

client: complesso parrocchiale san giacomo

architect: benedetta tagliabue – miralles tagliabue EMBT

project director: joan callís

design team: gabriele rotelli, katrina varian, valentina noris, agustina mascetti, angelos siampakoulis, bárbara ruschel lorenzoni, cj rogers, ernesto lopez, guido aybar maino, grant mc cormick, gonzalo peña, irene botas cal, jiyoun park, lauren lochry, lorenzo trucato, marta ruiz benito, oscar lopez

collaborators: enzo cucchi (artist), vincenzo gatti (liturgist)

gross floor area: 19,375 ft2 (1,800 m2) + 6,458 ft2 (600 m2) landscape

date: 2012 – in progress

photography: paolo fassoli, mattia pedrazzi

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here