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Pilgrimage church Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia)

Project name Pilgrimage church Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia)
Architects Renzo Piano
Location San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy
Material TECU® Patina
Installer WAL S.R.L., Bregnano / Como
Year of Completion 2004

 

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The new pilgrimage church of Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy is crowned by one of the largest church roofs in Europe, realised under direction of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. For the project, only natural, durable materials were used. The immense roof skin, for example, was finished entirely in pre-patinated copper of the TECU® Patina brand. In total, 19,500 m2 were used for the complex design. The supporting structure consists of a combination of wood and the Apulian limestone typical of the region.

Reminiscent of the protective function of a giant snail shell, the bright green copper roof nestles between the hills of the Gargano promontory. The impressive stylistic expression of the building, the innovative use of the material TECU® Patina and the masterly execution of the complicated roof form have placed a distinctive symbol in the environs. In contrast to the other buildings in the immediate area, which have largely arisen in a short time span in response to the steady increase in the numbers of visitors to the village, the copper church roof creates a direct and striking link to the fundamental purpose of this place: to enable pilgrims from all over the world to worship together here.

The use of the material TECU® Patina has created an interesting link between tradition and innovation. Copper has been used as roofing material for church domes for centuries, and that for good reason: the natural material derives its proverbial durability from within itself. Under the effect of weather in the open air, copper surfaces form a protective oxide layer that steadily develops and gradually gives the material its characteristic green patina. Copper of the TECU® Patina brand is already pre-patinated on one side using an industrial process at the factory, and thus has the appropriate green surface right from the outset, which after being installed in the open air continues to develop naturally. The green patina typical of church roofs is therefore immediately present without having to wait for decades of oxidation. At the same time, the well-known good working properties of copper are fully retained: almost no other material offers such diverse opportunities for forming – a property that was crucial in achieving the highly individual design of the roof landscape that characterizes the church at San Giovanni Rotondo.


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