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The Panariagroup has been chosen for the construction of one of the buildings of the first Holy See Pavilion at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 26th to November 25th 2018.

The Group has contributed to the construction the chapel by the architect Francesco Cellini, by providing him with the cutting-edge technology and the aesthetic qualities of large, thin slabs in laminated porcelain stoneware, an example of Italian industrial excellence.

“The collaboration with the Holy See for this sixteenth edition of the Architecture Exhibition in Venice – says Emilio Mussini, president of the Panariagroup – is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to emphasize the properties of our materials that on their own succeed in giving the project a solemn tone combined with great lightness, perfectly in line with the spirituality of the chapel. We are therefore proud to continue our daily dialogue with architecture in a context of such high excellence.”

The work of the architect Cellini and the Panariagroup bases the building on the use of the material and its interaction with the surroundings, with a rational architectural style that leaves ample space for reflection on the place and its significance.

The structure is distinguished by its rectangular parallelepiped shape and by a central transept that intersects the ceiling perpendicularly, hosting the two main symbols of the chapel: the altar and the lectern. The project also shows the strong chromatic contrast made by the use of ultra-thin laminated stoneware slabs with a surface texture inspired by iron and glossy white slabs chosen to deliver effects from reflections of the natural environment within the building.

Clean and essential lines enhanced by the thin ceramic surfaces preserve the lightness and rationality of the architecture.