Delueg architectural studio designed the parish complex named after Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the new Firmian district in Bolzano.
The church complex was built on a rectangular lot in a public pedestrian zone which also contains a school, a nursery and a shopping centre, forming the heart of the new neighbourhood.
The architects created a sequencealternating open outdoor spaces with buildings on a human scale which stand out from the high density of the residential constructions around them. There is a single entrance on the northern side of the lot, promoting perception of the parish complex as a single unified whole even though it is made up of three separate buildings as well as open-air spaces.
The church itself stands on the western side of the lot, and consists of four volumes of different sizes and heights generated by a big cross-shaped beam. The 2 x 1 m beam at a height of 4.10 m crosses the entire space of the church.
Design: Architetti Delueg (Siegfried Delueg)
Glass by Christoph Hofer
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Images courtesy of Premio d'Architettura Alto Adige - ph. Alessandra Chemollo