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AD Classics: Riola Parish Church / Alvar Aalto

AD Classics: Riola Parish Church / Alvar Aalto
AD Classics: Riola Parish Church / Alvar Aalto, © Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

© Franco Di Capua © Franco Di Capua © Franco Di Capua © Franco Di Capua +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Grizzana, Italy
  • Architect

    Alvar Aalto
  • References

    greatbuildings.com, Robert Kahn, museodeitarocchi.net
  • Photographs

From the architect. Designed by Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, Riola Parrish Church is a stunning concrete form which mimics and modulates with the contours of its Italian landscape. The magnificent baptistery, completed in 1978, is located eight kilometers south of Bologna in the small town of Riola. Aalto’s evocative modernist architecture captures the spirit of this mountain setting; it is a spiritual structure which, inside and out, unassumingly expresses sanctity of faith and place.

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

The interior chapel's play on light is especially divine; the northern light is diffused through vertical, asymmetrical ribs, which create a majestic grid of soft light which projects down onto the worshipper.  The presence of light brilliantly transcends the occupier into a holy state.

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

The intensified light around the alter is intended to create a close relationship between the functioning spaces of the alter, choir and organ, and the baptistery.  The hexagonal baptistery is occupied by wooden pews that descend in height as they approach the luminous alter.

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

The church’s distinct exterior profile is inspired by the three mountains that surround Riola: Montovolo, Monte Vigese and Monte Vigo. Its form is harmonious with nature, and this is present in Aalto’s intentionally pure geometric forms which converge at a central point to represent the center the church itself represents.

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

The interior of the church is left moderately unadorned, in modernist style, and instead highlights its architectural arches with natural light from above. The only other window is a sliver of glass which views out toward the adjunct river, the Limentra torrent.

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua

The Riola Parish Church is said to be characteristic of Alvar Aalto’s lamps; the architectural ribs which support the light shelves in this structure are reminiscent of the structure used to support the structure of his light fixtures. Is this perhaps the reason this luminous piece of architecture is so brilliant?

© Franco Di Capua
© Franco Di Capua
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Sarah Edwards. "AD Classics: Riola Parish Church / Alvar Aalto" 06 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/161448/ad-classics-riola-parish-church-alvar-aalto/>
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Olufunmilayo florence Oladejo · April 19, 2013

its a master piece... I love it!

Pepe Portet · March 23, 2012

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antoine de hon · February 21, 2012

If you ever are in the region and have a car - check this out. I spent a few hours taking photos and breathing in this great work! At the time they had a book you could get with a donation to the church.

Ignatius Adrian Santana · February 21, 2012

an avant-garde architecture !! bold shapes in massive materials

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