Liturgical space CEI
The architectural language is inspired by the concept of “noble simplicity” and the message of poverty handed down by St. Francis to whom the liturgical space is named together with St. Catherine.
A horizontal stratification articulates the internal space in two symbolic and architectural levels. The base part, in continuity with the flooring, is entrusted to a stack bond brick wall, free from any structural role. The top part is characterized by a false ceiling finished with lime plaster in shades of warm white, whose variation and delicate non-homogeneity emphasize the effects of light entering the trapezoidal glass. The faceted ceiling accentuates the upward progression towards the vision of divine light, contrasting with its articulated geometry to the elementarity of the brick base.
In the frame of this architectural and material structure, the sacred ornaments find their central role in the spatiality of which views and paths govern. The massive onyx stone (for the tops) and mosaic (for the fronts), with its figural and chromatic richness, acts as a counterpoint to the sobriety of the walls and floors and allows the immediate recognition of the mystery and the transcendent meaning of altar, ambo and Eucharistic custody, both during and outside the celebration.
Client: Fondazione di religione Santi Francesco d’Assisi e Caterina da Siena
Location: Roma, Italia
Architectural design: AFSa (Antonio Acocella, Alessandro Falaschi, Pietro Seghi), Clemente Nativi
Artists: CaCO3 (Âniko Ferreira da Silva, Giuseppe Donnaloia, Pavlos Mavromatidis)
Liturgist: Padre Fergus Ryan
Collaborators: Tommaso Fressoia, Giorgia Giovi, Silvia Roseto