by Cino Zucchi Architetti as Design Architect - Thu, 5 May 2011
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The new church and parish center is located in a narrow plot of Milan’s industrial periphery. The hard townscape of the neighbourhood and the story of the previous church (a warehouse-like building built in the sixties by workerpriests) suggested the simplicity of its design, which emerges from the surrounding fabric only by few strong gestures. The street façade bends inward to acquaint for the main diagonal view, and the high hall takes the shape of a large rectangular box enriched by two large “sails” embracing the assembly. The fronts are panelled in vertical strips of different materials (concrete, white stone, zinc, glass) whose rhythm responds to the different edge conditions.
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