It’s summer solstice here in Switzerland, taking advantage of the amazing weather and sunlight, we took a trip up Monte Tamaro in Ticino, Switzerland to visit the very beautifully sited Santa Maria Degli Angeli Chapel, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. (many more photos after the jump!)
The chapel was commissioned by local tycoon Egidio Cattaneo in 1990. Mr Cattaneo, who was also Monte Tamaro’s cable car operator, decided to build a chapel on the mountain for his deceased wife.
Given the entire mountain to choose from and Mario Botta sited the chapel’s series of volumes to take advantage of the amazing views the mountainous Swiss landscape, composing a circulation of direct paths that all lead to a cantilevered steel platform marked with a crucifix.
The skillful use of humble materials such as brick and steel displays Mario Botta’s mastery in his craft. Details are never superflous; joints, junctions and corner are always beautifully thought out, supporting the composition of geometric volumes and proportion of spaces.
Paired with an amazing view of the mountains, the chapel makes the 30 minute cable 23 euro cable car ride up Monte Tamaro a must do trip for any architecture student! (you could also hike up, but i rather not with all the camera gear)