Andrew D. Berman : Chapelle

For the first time in its history the city-state of the Vatican enters the prestigious Venice Biennale (Italy). A presence celebrated by ten architects from around the world, reinterpreting each in their own way the theme of the chapel on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. An exercise in style that dusted off the image of the seat of the Catholic Church.

It took more than a century for the Vatican to take part in the renowned Venice Architecture Biennale, a world-renowned artistic event created in 1895.
Among the ten personalities chosen by the architectural historian Francesco Dal Co, commissioned by the city-state, to imagine the church of tomorrow: Eva Prats & Ricardo Flores (Spain), Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal), Francesco Cellini (Italy), Norman Foster (United Kingdom), Smiljan Radic (Chile), Carla Juaçaba (Brazil), Javier Corvalán (Paraguay), Sean Godsell (Australia), Teronobu Fujimori (Japan), and Andrew D. Berman (States -United). All the pavilions can be dismantled in order to be able to be installed later in regions without places of worship.

It is on the church made in USA that our attention will be focused.
Andrew D. Berman is an American architect based in New York since 1995, whose work has been hailed by a shower of awards. It is to him that one must for example the entrance pavilion of the MoMa / PS1 of New York or the Stapleton Library, located in the same state.
In Venice, the master builder offers a triangular plan closed by thick walls on two of its sides and fully open to the elements and views on the third. The space thus created, covered from floor to ceiling with plywood panels painted in black, contrasts with its white polycarbonate exterior cladding, which is used vertically for wall cladding as well as for its one-piece roof. A simplicity of design that gives way to the essential: a bench, all white clad, which proudly sits above the two steps occupying the width of the entrance. These three volumes are the only reliefs of the play imagined by Andrew D. Berman. A negative reinterpretation of the church designed in the 1920 years in Stockholm by the Swedish Gunnar Asplund, also triangular but white on the inside and black on the outside, which served as a reference for the Vatican order. Here, the visitor is invited to sit down to observe what surrounds him. And more if we hit it off...

Biennale of Architecture from Venice, Venice (Italy), until 25 November 2018

To learn more, visit Andrew D. Berman's website

Photographs: Alessandra Chemollo

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