After winning the competition Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas received the commission in 2001 to execute their design for a new church in Foligno, Umbria, which had been devastated by an earthquake. The recent disaster in the Abruzzi region gives this subject a disturbing relevance to the present day – how do you approach a town which was destroyed within seconds, whose inhabitants are still mourning for lost loved ones and whose rich architectural tradition was in many places completely flattened?
Planning the house of god under these circumstances must be very much an additional challenge.
The architect´s statement:
The new parish designed by Fuksas Architects is a monolith of pure geometry, absolute, in a tin box. There are two main architectural elements that are identified with the functions of the religious center, the first element, the church building, consists of two rectangles inserted into one another, the second element, also rectangular in shape but long and low, is home to the sacristy, the Pastoral Ministry of Local and Casa Canonica. A third and smaller architectural element combines the latter two. Spirituality and meditation join together in a play of natural light entering horizontally and vertically, drawing a dialogue with the sky.