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This Is a Chapel


This simple but beautiful structure is a quiet place on the grounds of a convent in Lucca, Italy. The design firm, Pietro Carlo Pellegrini Architetto, calls it the Wall of Memory:

The wall of memory originated from the wishes of the enclosed nuns of S.Gemma to have a space where they could remember and pray for their deceased sisters, through means of a path which, in the project, is represented through the tectonic language of the wall.

The wall of Rapolano travertine, which conceived as a “rationalist seashell” unwinds from the entrance to the end of the route, marking in plan and elevation the symbol of memory, where the verticality of the stone represents the contrast between past and present.

The contrast concludes in a square space at the end of the path, “Sancta Sactorum”, with a cypress tree in its centre, a perfectly proportioned tree culminating skywards along the path of prayer.

Link | Architects' Website

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