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Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse


A10: New European Architecture

Interesting projects in the new edition of A10 Magazine. The Chiesa dell’Autostrada del Sole, for instance.

The so-called chiesa dell’autostrada del sole derives its name from its position and its dedication. Situated alongside the Autostrada del Sole and  dedicated to the many workers who died while constructing this gigantic infrastructure that connects the north of Italy with the south.

The church, officially baptized Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, was realized in the early sixties by Giovanni Michelucci, an architect who witnessed almost the entire 20th century.

Envisaged as a tent – a moment of pause along the highway – the church stands out for its captivating expressivity. According to A10 that is ’emphasized on the exterior by the contortions of curves and the strong materiality of stone, copper and reinforced concrete. Inside, visitors are captivated by the wrapping space that winds – its rhythm marked by the organic forms of load-bearing structures sculpted to resemble the bones of some gigantic animal – along the path that leads to the altar; a sort of architectural pilgrimage whose antecedent is to be sought in Le Corbusier’s promenade, filtered here through the expressionist vision of a Scharoun, a Kiesler or, if we wish, the artists of the informal…’

In A10 architecture and poetry are much the same.

Issue 53, September/ October 2013
A10, new European architecture
62 pages / English

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.

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