On June 5, 2015, At the foundation's headquarters Frate Sole In Via Paratici 21 in Pavia, the jury Of the foundation for the evaluation of the proposals received TO The Sixth edition Of The European Prize Of Sacred Architecture admitted to judgement was met.
The assembled jury is composed of: Luigi Leoni, Giorgio Della Longa, Esteban Fernández Cobián, Andreas Meck, Vincenzo Melluso, Giuseppe Russo, Paolo Zermani.
The jury, through successive selections, was able to express a shared ranking; It should be noted once again that, in addition to the classified works and those reported subject to an articulated evaluation, other projects with reasons of interest have been considered and discarded by virtue of a non-shared evaluation by some components of Jury.
That being stated, the jury's activity is expressed through the following judgement, delivering to the board of Directors of the Foundation what emerged collegially.
Seminar for the preparatory period in Lublin, on Lake Zemborzycki
The thesis concerns the project of a new Catholic seminary for the preparatory courses of theological studies. It is an articulated complex, connected to the major seminary of the Diocese of Lublin, dedicated to the first two years of the study course of aspiring priests.
The site chosen, a secluded and wooded bend of Lake Zemborzycki, even near the city center, determines a sort of isolation of the building from the urban context to ensure confidentiality and promote the degree of awareness of the candidates in their path of life.
The work programme strikes for the density of the analysis which touches on aspects of a religious but also a social nature; The purpose is in fact to create a secluded, rigorous, almost ascetic place in which the candidates can be placed in direct relationship with the difficult path chosen. The author places his own work in close relationship with the vocational crisis that also crosses Eastern Europe, attributing to the strict architecture designed a role of meaningful interaction with the spiritual path of the individual.
The Functional and architectural programme is complex, closely correlating places linked to the formative function with those of a spiritual nature up to those for everyday life. This complexity is brilliantly resolved with a cure for internal relations and with commendable exterior.
The program is innervated on the main path linking the functional areas and condensing in the chapel, the heart of the whole complex. Chapel that does not emerge in the skyline but conversely it is rooted in the size of the paths related to it.
With a sure hand the author governs the difficulties of the program through a rigorous use of form and materials such as the concrete exposed to brutalistic taste and the sequence of vertical tables that accompany the main path.
The Government of complexity more than the specific solution of the sacred place has favourably struck the jury proposing such work as winner of the prize.
New Orthodox Christian Temple
The purpose of the thesis is to investigate the fundamental question "What is the Christian Orthodox temple, what it expresses and how it should be drawn" today.
The Orthodox interpretation of the Christian building is the topos from which the close analysis on the invariants of the Temple begins, on which the thesis in depth lingers. Revealed Values and meanings that represent the constants of the construction of the Orthodox temple, although not always in an immediately legible form, which must also be expressed in a contemporary Temple. In Fact, the modalities of spatial expression, which could be diversified, derive from the deep understanding of meanings, even if they do not necessarily have to repeat passively forms of the past. Indeed, according to the author, the obsessive attachment to these is a superficial expression of respect for the true meaning of tradition.
The design synthesis is expressed through contemporary materials, such as reinforced concrete, and forms that in a measured dialogue with the past revisiting in the contemporaneousness the invariates of the temple. Elaborated is the search for light that from the dome rains with significant variations in the ship and in the sanctuary compared to the light-up of peripheral areas.
The project in question significantly arises on a design research plan that had not been detected in the many projects in the Orthodox field that the Prize has received in the past. This in particular was positively judged by the jury more than the considerations of a strictly formal nature, even for the remote dialogue with that Orthodox Temple which, the only non-secular building, is seeing the light at Ground Zero.
Church and parish complex of San Giuseppe in San Cesareo (Rome)
The intervention is located in an area in San Cesareo, a locality located south of the capital in the Diocese of Palestrina. I Take the cue from a concrete need manifested in the local area for the realization of a new parish complex on a place subject to constraint for the important archaeological testimonies found there.
The Project envisages, with respect to the concrete case, the renunciation of residential buildings to qualify the area through a parish complex in dialogue with the archaeological area and its museum pole.
Measured and rigorous, the composition was appreciated by the jury both for the effective disposition of the elements in the lot and for the expressive form reserved for the simple ecclesial building in which the author expresses himself with the archaic reference to the hut.
In this singular steep straw-covered that recovers an element of collective memory, dwellings in use in a not far past, the community can find themselves and gather.
The author governs the internal disposition of the sacred building according to principles oriented by a reading of the pioneering stage of the architecture of the Liturgical Movement and this degree of deepening, although not fully convincing in the synthesis Elaborate, was appreciated by the jury.
Finally, the jury considered to mention the following projects which reached the final evaluation phase:
Parish Complex in Rome
Graduation thesis discussed at the University of Rome La Sapienza
ANDREAS BRUNVOLL, PEDER BUA
Benedictine Monastery in Selja (Norway)
Graduate thesis discussed at the Norwegian School of Science and Technology