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5/25/18

Maeg at the Venice Biennale with the Vatican Pavilion

On the 25th of May there has been the inauguration of the Vatican Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale.

Maeg had the honour to participate in the realization of two of the ten chapels for the Vatican Pavilion. The Vatican City, for its first presence at International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, has asked ten notorious architects to develop the theme “chapels in the wood” basing on the Skogskapellet, a small wooden building blending with the surrounding and designed in 1920 by the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund.

General thinking associates religious spaces as enclosed buildings, while these chapels are intentionally outdoor and immersed in the wilderness of the San Giorgio Maggiore Island, in Venice, recalling the pilgrimage of the believer.

Maeg has the honour to participate in such a prestigious project by manufacturing and installing two of the ten chapels: one designed by the British architect Norman Foster and one by the Australian architect Sean Godsell.

Below, an image of the Skogskapellet designed by Gunnar Asplund in 1920:

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