Parish complex – Ribbons in the space | PROGETTOSPORE + Samuele Calamai

• February 23, 2010

Italian studio PROGETTOSPORE and Samuele Calamai have designed the Parish complex which was developed from the idea of the ribbons wrapping around the spaces.

This our formal choice arises from the evaluation that the contemporary individuality –exactly such the ribbons are- cannot be understood without knowing the others to whom it is linked. Wishing more and more to appear unique, we change our identities into boxes of gum which have to be pressed firmly among the few empty places (they are defined by what we are not, the non-I) that remained.

PROGETTOSPORE and Samuele Calamai

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Parish complex, rendering courtesy of PROGETTOSPORE

+ Project description courtesy of PROGETTOSPORE

The parish complex consists of three main volumes. Although trying to show deep inside its own architectural language, the design remained strongly linked to the technical and functional needs dictated by the Episcopal commission for liturgy.

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Parish complex, rendering courtesy of PROGETTOSPORE

The formal development arises from the intent to relate to each of the three buildings three ribbons placed freely in the three-dimensional space. Their relation enables the definition of volumetries which are concluded, or better closed through the use of opal glass planes. Having no preference for the Cartesian axes there is such a little distinction between plants and sections that clear daughters of the same seed become the proof of this formal approach. The project is dipped into white but in every building one of the three volumetric ribbons had been divided into bundles of colour.

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Parish complex, rendering courtesy of PROGETTOSPORE

Each of these ribbons , how we like to call them – as if it were a fabric waving into the wind moulded by the case- in reality it is more assimilated to a three-dimensional course which is always looking for a formal contact with the other two. This our formal choice arises from the evaluation that the contemporary individuality –exactly such the ribbons are- cannot be understood without knowing the others to whom it is linked. Wishing more and more to appear unique, we change our identities into boxes of gum which have to be pressed firmly among the few empty places (they are defined by what we are not, the non-I) that remained.

Even in the pastoral ministry premises, as in the parsonage house, the development of forms kept firm and solid to the decidedly functional needs, in the attempt to unify the emotions arises from looking at the fulfillment of the body moving through the space.

+ Project credits / data

Project: Parish complex – Ribbons In The Space
Location: Galciana (PO), Italy 2008
Status: Design contest
Architectural project : PROGETTOSPORE and Samuele Calamai
Graphics : werkdesign

+ All images courtesy of PROGETTOSPORE

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