Found project: Chiesa dell autostrada del sole


    Project : Chiesa dell autostrada del sole

    Language variant : St. John the Baptist motorway church

    Architect : Michelucci, Giovanni Battista

    Completion: 1964

    Locality : Firenze

    Country : Italy

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    “In 1959 the ‘Società Autostrade’ requested the International Institute of Liturgical Art to undertake the construction and furnishing of a church which it was proposed to erect at Campi Bisenzio by the side of the Motorway to the Sun, as a memorial to all the workmen who had died while the work was in progress, and as an indispensable service for all the users of this new arterial road.

    The site, the purpose and the name (St. John the Baptist) of the new church were decisive in the choice of the style. The church was at once understood as being a summons to the drivers of passing cars—a halt for spiritual refreshment by an approach to Christ who said, ‘I am the Way’. ‘What is the use of a road’, Paul Claudel asked, ‘if it does not lead to a church?’”

    La Chiesa dell’Autostrada del Sole – S. Giovanni Battista, Costi e Poggiali – Stampa, 1965 (II ed.), sine pagina.


    “Michelucci’s radical late work bears similarities to a precedent of passionate expressionism by another modern master, Le Corbusier, especially his church at Ronchamp of ten years earlier, which Michelucci knew and sketched from photographs. Both Le Corbusier and Michelucci broke decisively from traditional church architecture for a deep meditation on the meaning of sacred space, and both sought a way out of the confines of earlier Rationalism they championed.”

    Kirk, Terry: The Architecture of Modern Italy – Volume II: Visions of Utopia, 1900–Present, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005, p. 188.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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