PADRE PIO PILGRILMAGE CHURCH

2004 | completed | San Giovanni Rotondo (I)
Architectural project and general planner
Renzo Piano Building Workshop - Genova
Location
San Giovanni Rotondo (I)
Client
Ordine Frati Cappuccini
Year
2004
Services
Eduard Mijic responsable for the wooden roof construction
Surface
35 000 m2

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.