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The Fallen Church: Old To New

collaborated with Maple Feng

The Fallen Church (Chiesa Diruta) has always been the focal point of the town of Grotto, a beautiful condensation of history and religion with a view of the surrounding landscape in this region. This structure has endured many catastrophic disasters such as earthquakes and fires, and this gives it an extinct appearance in both form and symbol to the town.


The design method is to provide a humble and practical approach to the structure’s current condition and provides a practical space for the new function. The new structure is designed to hide within the existing structure and provide structural stability to ward against future damage from natural disasters. The new structure does not interfere with the church’s current view of the landscape and maintains the skyline of the church, thereby leaving the character of the church intact in both body and spirit.

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