New San Giacomo parish complex
The project reflects on the changing needs of a parish center in the contemporary city.
The complex is founded on a simple perimeter – the maximum envelope permitted by regulations – in which are cut away the new open spaces of the churchyard.
A large sloped roof unifies the buildings, inscribing the volumes in a simple skyline which recalls the large masses of the old country monasteries.
In the interior, the ‘pit’ of the public space generates irregular building outlines, veneered in light grey plaster and white local stone.
A large oval screen frescoed by the artist Hélène Delprat defines the main church hall, a ‘baroque’ space inside a ‘franciscan’ nave.