Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, Italy

Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, Italy

Dynamic and Slanted Form

Dynamic and Slanted Form – A primary architectural criterion for the San Bartolomeo Church in the northern Italian town of Andrate was to design a building clearly legible as Christian. To this end, a nine-meter-high inclined bell tower was incorporated as an instantly recognizable symbol of the Christian faith, which still plays a central role in Italian society today.

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© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy
© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

The most effective solution chosen in order to realize the sleek architectural design was a reinforced concrete structure for the church cube and the bell tower. From the outset, the high-performance properties of a ventilated façade made its application obvious, and Swisspearl panels appeared to offer the best product quality. The ventilated façade provides numerous technological advantages: durability, cleanliness, thermal comfort, dry installation of the panels, and waterproofing. The large-format white panels enhance the dynamic, slanted form of the church and contrast strongly with the stained glass rhomboid window openings.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

During the day, the stained glass windows bring accents of bright color into the church, while at night they glow like lanterns of color. Strong, dynamic diagonal lines of concrete link the disparate windows and subdivide the white surfaces, emphasizing the overall cubic volume.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

The strong linearity of the exterior gives way to the geometry of the oval in the interiors. Here, the congregation is unified by the curved seating formation around an oval timber floor, echoed above by a suspended, oval timber ceiling. Hung above the pulpit is a crucifix, back lit by a stained glass window.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

Chiesa di San Bartolomeo surely plays a central role in the local residential community of Andrate, where young and old can congregate on high and holy days.



Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, Andrate, Italy


Andrate, Italy


Mornata, Daniele Lissi and Matteo Mornata, Maslianico, Italy


Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Bolzano, Italy


Building period


Façade material
Swisspearl Largo Avera AV 020, Swisspearl Largo Reflex, Custom Color White


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