120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura builds a solemn chapel in northern italy

120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura builds a solemn chapel in northern italy

measuring the passage of time

 

italian architecture studio 120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura completes a solemn funerary chapel in porcellengo, a village in northern italy near venice. the tiny place of retreat is realized with a simple, yet expressive material palette including anodized aluminum and stone. seeking to emphasize the meaningful function and serene atmosphere of the space, the team minimizes any decorative ornament. instead, the tomb will measure itself with the passage of time — the materiality and its treatment will gradually transform the space as it naturally ages.

120 grammi architettura chapelimages by alessandra bello

 

 

a connection with changing nature

with its new chapel, the team at 120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura respects the heritage of the site. the little project is visually connected with an existing funeral shrine in the town’s nearby cemetery by way of a vertical cut on its wall. while still linked to its surroundings, the little chapel invites solitude and introspection with its solid shell of thick walls. meanwhile, the team at 120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura leaves its new funerary chapel unenclosed above, opening upward towards the sky in celebration of the canopy of the trees growing around it. this connection to the natural surroundings offers another device to tell the passing of time, as these trees grow and transform with the changing of the seasons in turn.120 grammi architettura chapel
the chapel is built of anodized aluminum and concrete

120 grammi architettura chapel
minimal ornament emphasizes the solemn atmosphere

120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura builds a solemn chapel in northern italythe small chapel invites solitude and introspection

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subtle cuts and shifts lend beauty without ornament

120 grammi :: laboratorio di architettura builds a solemn chapel in northern italythe project is sited in the northern italian village of porcellengo

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a vertical cut in the wall introduces a visual connection to a nearby cemetery

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