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Asplund Pavilion


Concept design, detailed proposal, final proposal and building site supervision


Venezia, S. Giorgio Island

The temporary pavilion aims to exhibit the drawings  by architect Gunnar Asplund (1885-1940) for the chapel in the Skogskyrkogården cemetery in Stockholm, which is the theme of the Vatican Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The pavilion will be the only non-religious artifact to exhibit Asplund’s drawings.

The element in its absolutism, is intended to refer both to the stereometry of the supporting buildings (EKONOMIBYGGNAD) designed by Asplund and Lewerentz for the Skogskyrkogården cemetery and to the theme and spatiality of the hut – shelter in nature. A sort of domesticated  absolute which borrows from traditional Nordic woodwork and in particular to the Stavkirke, a reinterpreted vernacular lexicon. The artefact – about 11.00 m long, 8.00 m high, supported by eleven lamellar wood portals that define ten bays – is basically configured as a pitched roof with an emphasized vertical proportion, characterized by a continuous cladding in wooden shingles interrupted only by the presence of a series of symmetrical triangular skylights placed on both long sides. It is imagined that the exhibition space is defined by the strong chromatic contrast between the dark wooden material of the external shingles made in reconstituted wood by ALPI and the light decorative surfaces in reconstituted wood veneer of the internal cladding also by ALPI, suitably illuminated by zenithal light made softer through a counter-shell shielding. The exhibition is integrated into the structure of the pavilion itself: a unicum defines the entire interior space and hosts, in the articulation of the thickness of the walls, the reproductions of the design drawings by Gunnar Asplund for the Skogskapellet, the texts and the models.


Pontificium Consilium de Cultura


dimension: 33 mq
project: 2017-2018
completed: 2018


Matteo Sirinati
Chiara Dalla Valle
Alberto Zago (model)



Luigi Cocco


Federico Cedrone
Alessandra Chemollo



— The Vatican show off its spirit of competition, New York Times n° international edition May 26-27, 2018, pg. 18, 24, 2018 — Vatican Chapels, Casabella n° 884, pg. 110-111, Mondadori, 2018 — Vatican Chapels, Vatican Chapels, pg. 82-107, Mondadori Electa, 2018 — Vatican Chapels, Bauwelt n° 10.2018, pg. 48-51, Bauverlag BV GmbH, 2018