Friday, May 6, 2011

Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels

Happy Friday!

Today’s Environment of the Week will be the Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, Monte Tamaro, Ticino, by Mario Botta. Thank you Mark Vanderlyn for today’s YEOW suggestion!

[If anyone else has any YEOW’s they’d like to share, please feel free to let me know! Thx J]

Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, Monte Tamaro, Ticino 1990 -1996
Project: 1990-1992
Realization: 1992-1996
Location: Alpe Foppa, Monte Tamaro (Rivera),  Ticino, Switzerland
Commissioned by: Egidio Cattaneo
Surface area: chapel 184 m²,
Exterior walkway: 150 m²


The chapel, commissioned by Egidio Cattaneo in memory of his wife, was built from 1990-1996, with the design being based on a project by architect Mario Botta, on the Monte Tamaro, or more precisely, the Foppa Alp (1567m). It can be accessed via a 60-metre long footbridge, at the end of which is a lookout terrace with a view of the surrounding mountains. A sense of the sublimity of the mountains inspired the building of the chapel of Santa Maria degli Angeli on Monte Tamaro, high over the Ticino lakes. In this striking location, Mario Botta has created an overall work of art that must be reckoned as one of the most successful examples of contemporary church architecture. Botta says a great deal with minimal means. His work is characterised by beautiful design, perfect execution, sustainability and permanence. Ticino architect Botta designs buildings all over the world and also contributes to the training of young architects in Switzerland at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio.

Conceptual Scketch

                                                    Looks like Heaven!

                                   View overlooking the mountains

                                                 View under Walk way bridge 

                                                          Interior View

                                       Interior View (different angle)


                                                         Exterior View

You  can find more pics and info. about this building here (EYE CANDY!):


  1. His work is always formally expresive, heavily dependent on section and with minimalist but well placed "fussiness" in the detailing. Scarpa influence in 3D. He gets right to the point in a single sketch.

  2. His mannerist use of platonic forms invokes ecclesiastical imagery with simplicity and strength