San Giacomo Church, Ferrara Modern Place of Worship, EMBT Italian Architecture Photos
San Giacomo Church in Ferrara
2 Apr 2022
San Giacomo Church
Design: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Barcelona
Location: Ferrara, Italy
The Parish complex of San Giacomo Church is proposed as a catalyst for the area in which it is introduced, creating a new fulcrum that is capable of creating identity within the local community by promo-ting socialization, education and interaction.
The building is designed to have a welcoming presence that is open to the people, doing so through the use of lightweight organic architecture that contrasts with the robust and compact materiality of the historically important preexisting Ferrara.
The slim profiles of subtle trees encloses the area, creating an intimate and familiar environment where the building controls the scene with sculptural forms while maintaining a dialogue with the surrounding nature by using a formal language inspired by it.
Exemplified by the design of a large square in front of the church, there is a natural extension and a grouping that leads to sociability where the place of congregation and its union with the broadening space of the church opens up to the city.
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.
The floor design continues laterally, connecting the square to a series of annexed structures that provide educational and recrea-tional services for the community. In addition to new secondary spaces close to the school, the parish complex also maintains a formal dialogue.
A bell tower at the South end notes the presence of the building, protected by a green curtain of trees, becoming a point of reference while emphasizing everyday life and its rituals.
San Giacomo Church in Ferrara, Italy – Building Information
Architects: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Place: Ferrara, Italy
First Prize in competition: October 2012
Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Artist: Enzo Cucchi
Liturgist: Vincenzo Gatti
Project Director: Joan Callis
Project Team: Gabriele Rotelli, Katrina Varian y Valentina Noris
Collaborators: 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.
Area: Building 1800sqm + Landscape 600sqm
Photographs: Paolo Fassoli
San Giacomo Church, Ferraray images / information received from Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Location: Ferrara, Italy, central Europe
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