by Sara Costi
A silent language, a symbolic reading representative of the universal harmony expressed through the volumetric definition of space and the composition of the shapes. In the design project for the Madonna delle Grazie Parish Complex of the Diocese of Lodi in Dresano, entrusted to the architects Vincenzo Corvino and Giovanni Multari, the central feature of the entire construction is the perfection of the geometric shapes, an unchanging aspect that conceals complex meanings.
The architectural design of the parish complex derives from as composition of two basic geometric shapes: the circle - the purest of elements, symbolising the spirit and the immortal nature of the soul, on which the church itself is built - and the rectangle of the base, symbolising definition, delineation and the joining of the four compass points, featuring a central cloister around which the other parish buildings are arranged. The base of the complex, covering the entire construction lot from east to west, is formed by a single level, featuring a woven structure in reinforced concrete that allows the necessary amount of light to filter through to the spaces inside.