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Photos: From on high

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21 January 2022

©DUCCIO MALAGAMBA/MARIO CUCINELLA ARCHITECTS

Santa Maria Goretti, interior (see gallergy for more images)

Santa Maria Goretti, interior (see gallergy for more images)

Two new Italian churches have featured in the architectural press this month, Santa Maria Goretti in Mormanno, Calabria, designed by Mario Cucinella, and San Giacomo Apostolo in Ferrara, by the Spanish studio EMBT. Cucinella’s church has few openings: the north walls part to create an entrance. A small window on the south side is positioned to direct sunlight on a crucifix on 6 July, the birthday of St Maria Goretti. Light enters the church from above, filtered through bioplastic folds. Cucinella also originated the seating.

The design of San Giacomo, with its sectioned, undulating roof and striped exterior walls was inspired by the annual festival of hot-air balloons in Ferrara. The interior is raw concrete and stone, with a rough hewn block of Travi stone used as an altar.

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