A black chapel between the forest and the vineyards

In the surroundings of Brescia, Italy, Studio associates has built a tiny laic chapel made of black wood.

Studio Associates, Chapel of Silence, 2017

Studio associates designed a laic chapel in Botticino, near Brescia, for a local association that deals with the socialization issues of teenagers with mental disabilities. The project, named Chapel of Silence, is a contemplative building that lies amid a forest and a vineyard. The construction has been possible with a participatory approach, together with a group of selected students.

The choice of the material, which is painted-black wood, gives to the building an abstract feel. The whole body of the building – an elemental shape with a pitched roof – seems to be fluctuating given that it is perched on a slightly smaller base than the building itself. A first monolithic piece of Botticino marble is placed next to the entrance and has a triangular cavity on top made to collect rainwater.

The interior space is divided in two main rooms: the first has a lower ceiling and a small squared window-frame with a view on the forest. The second room is considerably wider and its shortest side is only closed by a curtain, hanging on a portal, cantilevering towards the slope. This side faces the second white monolith, which stands against the green backdrop of the forest.

The Chapel of Silence by Studio associates, 2017

 

Project:
Chapel of Silence
Location:
Botticino, Brescia
Architect:
Studio associates
Construction:
Edil3 Costruzioni
, Torri Silvano
Collaborators:
Alberto Tosoni, 
Alessandro Tarolli, 
Chiara Vulcano, 
Elena Pellizzer, 
Federico Strada, 
Francesca Kiprianidis, 
Gino Baldi, 
Giuseppe Sorrentino, 
Maria Savastano, 
Nicolò Garonzi, 
Serena Comi
, Silvia Diomedi, 
Simone Volpi, 
Susanna Parlato, 
Valentina Almerico, 
Valentina Monteverdi
, Valentina Raggi
, Valentina Solano
Structures:
Angelo Archetti, 
Laura Boldi
, Marco Bottazzi
, Massimo Berlinghieri
Completion:
2017

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