- Mario Botta
BiographyBorn in Mendrisio in 1943, Mario Botta graduated with a degree in architecture from IUAV in Venice, where he met and started working with Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. Strongly influenced by the two great masters, his architectural vocabulary evolved to design pure imposing geometric forms. Brick is a key material in his poetics, used as a covering material to underline the severity of the volumes he designs.
Every one of his works is covered with a mantle of sacredness, through which he demonstrates the importance of architecture as a means of expression of human memory.
In 1969 Botta opened his own practice in Mendrisio and began a busy career designing highly significant, exemplary works of architecture, including several prominent religious buildings.
Around the same time he began his teaching and research career, holding conferences, seminars and courses in Italy and abroad.
He was guest professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale EPFL in Lausanne and Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, and held the chair at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.
When Università della Svizzera Italiana opened in Lugano in 1996, he came up with the programme for the new Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio-Ticino and taught there before becoming Dean.
Botta is an honorary member of numerous architecture institutions and academies, including BDA-Bund Deutscher Architekten, AIA-American Institute of Architects, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in London, and the International Academy of Architecture in Sofia, to mention only a few. Several universities have awarded him honorary degrees.
He has been presented with important awards and acknowledgements over the years: the Chicago Architecture Award (USA), the CICA – International Committee of Architectural Critics, the International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the European Award for Culture in Karlsruhe (Germany), and Premio Letterario Internazionale Alessandro Manzoni awarded by the City of Lecco in Italy for “life-long achievement” in 2011.
Mario Botta selected works and projects
- Granato Chapel, Penkenjoch, Zillertal (Austria), 2013
- Hotel Twelve at Hengshan, Shanghai (China), 2012
- Library for Tsinghua University, Beijing (China), 2011
- “Ethniki” National Insurance Company, Athens (Greece), 2006
- Bergoase Wellness Centre, Arosa (Switzerland), 2006
- New parish church of Santo Volto, Turin (Italy), 2006
- New Casino, Campione d’Italia (Italy), 2006
- Renovation of Teatro alla Scala, Milan (Italy), 2004
- Church, Seriate (Italy), 2004
- Torre Kyobo, Seoul (South Korea), 2003
- MART museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto (Italy), 2002
- Pilotta garden, redevelopment of the Pilotta district, Parma (Italy), 2001
- Noah’s Ark Sculpture Garden, Jerusalem (Israel), 2001
- La Fortezza offices and housing, Maastricht (the Netherlands), 1999
- Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Centre, Tel Aviv (Israel), 1998
- Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel (Switzerland), 1996
- Scenery for the Opernhaus, Zurich (Switzerland), 1993 and Stadttheater, Basel (Switzerland), 1995
- SFMOMA Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (USA), 1995
- UBS Bank, Basel (Switzerland), 1995
- Beato Odorico Church, Pordenone (Italy), 1992
- Banca del Gottardo, Lugano (Switzerland),1988
- Library of the Cappuccini Monastery in Lugano (Switzerland), 1979
- Single-family homes in Canton Ticino (Switzerland), since 1965
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