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

12:00 - 25 May, 2018
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.

10 Architects to Design Chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

14:00 - 16 January, 2018
10 Architects to Design Chapels for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, © <a href=''>Dennis Jarvis [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageBasílica papal de San Pedro, El Vaticano
© Dennis Jarvis [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageBasílica papal de San Pedro, El Vaticano

In 2018 the Vatican will participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale for the first time. Ten international architects will construct 10 different chapels as part of the representation of the city-state in the Italian architecture event. The news was confirmed by Paraguayan media outlets ABC y Última Hora, who revealed that one of the participants was local architect Javier Corvalán.

The elite group of architects was selected by Francesco Dal Co, an Italian architecture historian and curator. The designers have been instructed that their chapels must be able to be relocated so that they can be deployed around the world, in places that are in need of these spaces of worship.

The architects who will build chapels in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale: