Customer: Parrocchia Pentecoste
Designer: Boris Podrecca, Marco Castelletti
General contractor: Colombo Costruzioni
Photo credit: Cecilia Castelletti
Type of intervention: New construction
The complex designed by Boris Podrecca and Marco Castelletti consists, in volumetric terms, of two parts: the upper part of the hall and the parish centre, on two storeys, separated by a gallery and brought together by a reinforced concrete “band” that creates the main façade and wraps around the perimeter of the buildings.
The areas at different heights are connected and illuminated by the successful addition of a zenithal blade of light that shines down from a skylight created in one side.
The roof is created with a steel mesh structure and glazed sections.
Thema also devised the skylights in the roof – one of which has a distinctive bow window shape – and the ones in the sides, which have special stone insets.
The façade was built inserting blind pantograph structures together with a special effect that on the outside, seems to be cement, while it is actually screen-printed glass with an agate effect.
On the south side of the area, the volume that houses the oratory – with multi-purpose room and the house for the priest – is connected to the church via another vast glazed atrium. The shell of the oratory has special windows: pantograph structures with bellows opening towards the exterior.