Madonna della Rosa Sanctuary Extension / Studioartec

© Bruno Tonelli

Architects: Studioartec
Location: Monticelli Brusati, Brescia, Italy
Design Team: Bruno Tonelli, Marcello Peli, Giovanni Mosca, Massimiliano Gorlani
Project area: 4,022 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Bruno Tonelli

general plan
© Bruno Tonelli

The sanctuary of ‘Madonna della Rosa’ (Our Lady of the Rose), which dominates a hilltop in Monticelli Brusati, northern Italy, is the most representative building of this typical Lombardian village in Franciacorta. Around the main body of the church, built in the 14th century, the apse, a side chapel and the entrance portico have been added in the following centuries. Contiguous to the church there is the sacristan’s home, a private house on two floors, built in the 18th century.

© Bruno Tonelli

A restoration focused on this house, that became a little centre for pilgrims and visitors. The main building was extended with a brand new conference and meeting room, set in the rear part of the complex. The new volume starts from a historical wall, giving new views of the Po Valley and Franciacorta itself through a glass façade protected by a wooden brise-soleil. The roof is flat and covered with a green carpet of grass, so that the extension is virtually invisible from the upper level of the historical building.

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Cite: "Madonna della Rosa Sanctuary Extension / Studioartec" 02 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
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  • Joseph Greif

    It is beautiful to feel the architecture when the site and the architecture are in balance like this.

  • Dennis Moss Jnr

    why did i get a thumbs down for my “beautiful!” comment? there are some strange people on the internet…