Design: Comoglio architetti
Photography: Beppe Giardino
The intervention on the already existent Santa Caterina church has been divided into two phases: from 2006 the interiors redefinition with the study of the liturgical space and the windows; in 2010 the external restyling of the facade and the study of the parvis space.
During the first phase, the area around the presbytery was completely renewed by putting new liturgical elements alongside the others, similar in geometrical precision and chromatic brightness. The baptismal font is made by a trapezoidal white Carrara marble small tub in front of the ambo.
A Virgin Mary statue in placed on a bed of pebbles to symbolize the uneasiness of life, the continue difficulties that men find on their path.
In the room there are wide artistic windows that filter natural light, illuminating the internal space with bright and iridescent light.
The artistic windows are created following the traditional technique of the lead binding in order to reproduce some fundamental symbols of the Christian liturgy.
The facade has a smooth surface withdrawn from the street level. Perpendicularly there is a white wall that forms a big vertical veil on top of which there is a metal cross. It becomes a symbol and a sign of the presence of the church at the street level, although maintaining a light and soft volume in comparison to the building next to it.
On the surface of the facade, above the little porch, there is a Latin cross that welcomes the believers to the church.
The steps become an architectural element enhanced by the green area around and by the tub full of rocks in which the rainwater harvests thanks to a chain and a downspout.