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10 Chapels in a Venice Forest Comprise The Vatican's First Ever Biennale Contribution

10 Chapels in a Venice Forest Comprise The Vatican's First Ever Biennale Contribution
Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

With the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale comes a look at the first ever contribution by the Holy See, an exhibition that brings together architects to design chapels that, after the Biennale, can be relocated to sites around the globe.

Located in a wooded area on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, 10 chapels by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Smiljan Radic, are joined by the Asplund Chapel by MAP Architects. This 11th structure serves as a prelude to the other chapels, while reflecting on Gunnar Asplund's 1920 design for the Woodland Chapel.

The Asplund Pavilion, like the Woodland Chapel that inspired it, is intended as a “place of orientation, encounter, meditation, and salutation.” The interior hosts an exhibition of drawings by Gunnar Asplund for the Woodland Chapel, accompanied by documents and models illustrating its concept and construction. The subsequent journey sees visitors encounter 10 chapels symbolizing the Ten Commandments, also offering 10 unique interpretations of the original Woodland Chapel.

Below, we present new photographs of the 11 completed structures comprising the first Holy See Pavilion.

Smiljan Radic, Chile

Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Smiljan Radic. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 40

Carla Juaçaba, Brazil

Carla Juaçaba. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Carla Juaçaba. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Javier Corvalán, Paraguay

Javier Corvalán. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Javier Corvalán. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Sean Godsell, Australia

Sean Godsell. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Sean Godsell. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Eva Prats & Ricardo Flores, Spain

Flores&Prats. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Flores&Prats. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal

Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Eduardo Souto de Moura. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 40

Francesco Cellini, Italy

Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 40

Norman Foster, United Kingdom

Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Norman Foster. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 40

Andrew Berman, USA

Andrew Berman. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Andrew Berman. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Teronobu Fujimori, Japan

Teronobu Fujimori. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Teronobu Fujimori. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Asplund Chapel, MAP Architects

MAP Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
MAP Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Cite: Rory Stott. "10 Chapels in a Venice Forest Comprise The Vatican's First Ever Biennale Contribution" 25 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/895127/10-chapels-in-a-venice-forest-comprise-the-vaticans-first-ever-biennale-contribution/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Francesco Cellini. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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