The new parish centre is conceived as a connection for Varignano: a dynamic and open system designed to receive and bring together the different parts of the neighbourhood.
The complex is designed as a route, a street that all the various elements sit along: the churchyard, canonica, church, Parish centre, listening centre.
An understated, unitary and clearly-articulated system that is easily accessible and intelligible as a place of dialogue and welcome for everyone but at the same time unique, exceptional, something else with respect to the built fabric and recognisable as a place of Christian worship.
The design proposes an updated but clearly recognisable interpretation of all the elements that distinguish the tradition of Christian architecture: the bell tower, the churchyard, the portico, the facade, the olive-grove, arranged and articulated with clarity and precision to encourage and welcome the life of the community.
The typological layout, in a city such as Viareggio whose own history is very much linked to the sea, is interpreted metaphorically as a landing, a kind of quay for mooring to; and thus also the Presbytery, pivotal place for celebration, is interpreted as a port, a safe place to be able to go to.
Architecture and liturgy shape one another; the layout sees the distribution of the liturgical elements along a more horizontal route and a compact plan, with the aim of creating the greatest unity between the priest, the minister of God and the congregation.
Arcidiocesi di Lucca
Viareggio, LU (I)
Plot area = 4.580 sqm
Built area = 1.565 sqm
2015, Design competition, Shortlisted design
Don Alberto Zironi