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Vatican Chapel

Holy See Pavilion

Biennale Architettura 2018

16th International Architecture Exhibition

The Pavilion of the Holy See is taking part for the first time at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

The theme Vatican Chapel was proposed to ten architects invited by the curator Francesco Dal Co, to build ten chapels gathered in the densely wooded area at the end of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, never open to the public before

The project joins the beauty of this place, outlining briefly the space                              

Four steel beams of 8 meters in length (12x12cm) composes the ensemble: one is a bench, the other one is a cross, two old elements of the Catholic Church.

The ensemble is built on seven pieces of concrete (12x12x200cm), which gives metric to the ensemble.

Steel beams are made of highly polished stainless steel to reflect the surroundings: the chapel may disappear at a certain moment, and the shadow of the ensemble may become more evident than the object itself.

The Chapel is almost invisible. It is an ethereal project that speaks metaphorically of the passage of life, of existence and of non-existence. The project is completed by a natural dome between the trees

The presence of history surrounds. And the use of a bench and a cross is ages.

Commissioner: Cardinale Gianfranco Ravasi

Curators: Francesco Dal Co, Micol Forti

Exhibitors: Andrew Berman, Francesco Cellini, Javier Corvalàn, Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, Norman Foster, Teronobu Fujimori, Sean Godsell, Carla Juacaba, Smiljan Radic, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel


Winner of the Architectural Review Emerging architectural Award


Author: Carla Juaçaba

Architect Colaborator: Clovis Cunha

Enginner consultant: Cerne Engenharia

Consultant manager: TTE -Tecno Brevetti Team (  Luigi Cocco

Builder: Secco Sistemi (

Photographer: Federico Cairoli

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