Vatican Chapel in Venice

Vatican Chapel
Eduardo Souto de Moura
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Italia
45° 25′ 42″ N, 12° 20′ 39″ E
2018

For its first participation in the Venice Biennale, in 2018, the Vatican offers a clerical oasis as a pavilion. Divided into ten chapels, each one is designed by a renowned architect. Inspired by the chapel in the wood by Gunnar Asplund, built in Stockholm in 1920, they aim to reflect what a chapel means in the 21st century.

The chapel designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura is a simple structure designed in large Vincenza stones, awakening the senses, inviting to spirituality.

“…No, it is not a chapel, not a sanctuary and in any case not a tomb. It is simply a place enclosed by four stone walls, while another stone at the center might be the altar. The entrance is screened by a tree we want to conserve. The walls, inside, have a ledge on which we can sit and wait… waiting with our feet on the ground, head in hands. “Things themselves know when they ought to happen”.
David Mourão-Ferreira

Text from the “Vatican Chapels” catalogue, edited by Electaarchitettura

Souto de Moura Vatican Chapel Venice
Souto de Moura Vatican Chapel
Vatican Chapel in Venice


Vatican Chapel in Venice

Photo credits: Alessandro Chemello, Luis Ferreira Alves, Laurian Ghinitoiu 
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