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Church San Giovanni Battista by Mario Botta

Posted by Walter Phillips on 10.11.2016 - Tagged as:

Church San Giovanni Battista by Mario Botta

Photographer: Enrico Cano

In 1986 an avalanche overwhelmed the small village of Mogno, Maggia Valley. The church San Giovanni Battista rises up on the site of the small 17th-century homonymous chapel and, though it preserves the relatively modest dimensions, it introduces a new image and a new language.

 

Church San Giovanni Battista by Mario Botta

Photographer: Enrico Cano

The language conveys a contemporary dimension, mediated by an archaic meaning thanks to the interplay of essential shapes: a rectangle inscribed within an external ellipse that changes into a circle at roof level. The thick stone wall and the light glass roof give the building the meaning of resistance against a possible future disaster.

 

Church San Giovanni Battista by Mario Botta

Photographer: Enrico Cano

Church San Giovanni Battista by Mario Botta

Photographer: Enrico Cano

 

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