ST. JOSEPH IN THE WOODS
CONVERSION & RENOVATION
Stella, Renon / 2013 - 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARCHITEKTURPREIS SÜDTIROL 2019 AWARD

The church in Stella is an appreciated spiritual place located in the alpine woods at 1,300 m.a.s.l. 
The conversion and renovation of the building dating back to the fifties is aimed at reevaluating the existing structure. The main focus of the modification is in achieving an inviting atmosphere and a well-defined architectural structure. 
 
The east facade of the building was broken through to provide the church interior with more daylight. The previously unused attic floor was restructured and recovered as a place for meditation, silence and retreat.
 
In the end only two architectural interventions determine the conversion of the church: on one hand the breakthrough of the sacred space to the landscape, on the other hand the opening of the gable to the piazza. Both interventions trigger off a dialogue between inside and outside, in other words between the man-made and the grown.
Ease and coziness inspirit the tend-like meditation space. 
Brightness and peace ensoul the sacred space. 

RECONFIGURATION PRESBYTERY
Franz Messner

CONTRACTORS
Zimmerei Unterhofer, Lobisbau, Haustechnik, Elektro Rottensteiner, Moling, Lobis Böden, Askeen, Heiss Fenster, Glas + Metall Peter, südtirol.stein, Maler Tom, Rubner Türen, Tischlerei Konrad Messner, Schlosserei Graf, Plank, Lichtraum 2, Studio ProMedia, EnergyPro

PHOTOGRAPHY
Davide Perbellini

PUBLICATIONS
archilovers.com 08/03/2017
designboom.com 08/16/2017
archdaily.com 08/17/2017
baunetz.de 08/21/2017
Stein - Zeitschrift für Naturstein 09/2017
floornature.com 10/17/2017
dailytonic.com 01/02/2018
thema.es 01/19/2018
subtilitas.com 02/06/2018
thepluspaper.com 02/14/2018
world.architects.com 06/19/2018
Young Visionaries (Chris van Uffelen, Braun, 2018)
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