In 2003 Richard Meier won the International Competition “50 churches for Rome” issued by the Vicariate of Rome. The concept of the project consisted of a big white building in a suburban district of Rome that could only offer residential low-cost constructions and urban discontinuity elements. The entire complex consists of three big sails (the “shells”) in white concrete, that look like they were blown up by a wind coming from the East. The interiors are candid and illuminated by the light that makes the environment look intangible and suspended. The furniture perfectly fits in this system with a design that is based on essential lines. For the sound-absorbing walls, we used 8-metre-high solid hemlock planks, a kind of timber that has a particular expressive strength and decorates the side elevation of the nave. This suspended wing is also marked by an invisible system made of fixed and openable partitions.
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