Foster + Partners unveils first ever Holy See Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale

For the first time in its history, the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 will feature Pavilions of the Holy See representing the Vatican City.
The concept takes the form of 10 temporary chapels, each designed by a different architect. The first participation of The Vatican at La Biennales is being curated by Francesco Dal Co.
The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, 25th May, and the pavilion will remain open to the public between 26th May and 25th November 2018.

Chapel by Foster + Partners for The Holy See at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. © Foster + Partners.

Foster + Partners, in partnership with Tecno, will build one of the chapels located in a wooded area at one end of the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Norman Foster said on this project: “Our project started with the selection of the site. On a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore, close to Palladio’s magnificent church and the Teatro Verde, we found a green space with two mature trees beautifully framing the view of the lagoon. It was like a small oasis in the big garden, perfect for contemplation. Our aim is to create a small sanctuary space diffused with dappled shade and removed from the normality of passers-by, focussed instead on the water and sky beyond.”

Chapel by Foster + Partners for The Holy See at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. © Foster + Partners.

The starting point for the chapel’s design concept was to take three symbolic crosses and a timber deck set in the landscape, draped with a tent-like membrane. Over time, the crosses morphed into a tensegrity structure of cables and masts whilst the membrane evolved into a wooden latticework attached to the structure.

Image over the headline.- Chapel by Foster + Partners for The Holy See at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. © Foster + Partners.

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