Site:

San Giovanni Rotondo

Year:

2004

Client:

Ordine Frati Cappuccini

Architectural project and general planner:

Renzo Piano Building Workshop - Genova

Services:

Eduard Mijic responsable for the wooden roof construction

Surface:

35 000 m2

Project description

The church was designed to receive the increasing number of pilgrim visiting San Giovanni Rotondo. Though it is only 16 metres high, the church has a capacity of 6.500 people. The wide external precinct can hold some 30.000 on a surface of 9.000 square metres. The structure designs a spiral-shaped movement: the dome sweeps down from the centre towards the precinct in a gesture of welcoming invitation. The technical challenge of the project lies in the use of local stone as a structural material: the building contains about twenty stone arches arranged in radial fashion holding up the vast roof.


PADRE PIO PILGRILMAGE CHURCH
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