in the town of gavassa in italy’s emilia-romagna province, italian practice x2 architettura have renovated and added a new wing to the
‘san floriano di gavassa church’. positioned adjacent to the maintained historic facade, a white curved wall enclosing the intervention
keeps a discreet appearance. situated to the north of the existing structure, the entities are kept separate, and connected internally by three passages.
the original arched entrance to the church becomes the internal portal to the wing containing the liturgical room.
the longitudinal elevation is fitted with skylights along the exterior wall to bring soft northern daylight inside, streaming patterns along the white surface. dedicated to sunday masses, the elliptical perimeter wall hugs the congregation within a wide and light space. arranged axially to the entrance,
the chairs are arranged in curved rows which allow people to sit face to face, across the altar and ambo. the expressive interior evokes a spiritual ambiance.
client: parrocchia di san floriano
schedule: 2005 invited competition: first prize, 2007 final design, 2008-2009 1st phase (new building), 2009-2010 2nd phase (restoration)
structures: ing.pierluigi cigarini, ing.rachele perniola
electrical systems: ing.loris cavandoli
thermomechanical systems: ing.luca lottimons.enrico mazza (liturgist-università cattolica di milano)
mons.tiziano girelli (director of the ufficio diocesano beni culturali ecclesiastici- diocesi reggio emilia-guastalla)
artist: sunghe oh, korea
sound engineer: corrado cristina, (ing emanuele morlini competition phase)
building contractor: sacea spa impresa generale di costruzioni, scandiano (re)
acoustic system: a&t multimedia srl, lavis (tn)
location: gavassa, reggio emilia
dimensional data: 3000 square meters (area surface), 750 square meters (total area) (350 square meters – new wing, 400 square meters – existing church)
cost of work: 890.000,00 EUR excepted furniture, works of art and external renovation
photography: paola de pietri, giacomo magnani