Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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!)

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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.

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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.

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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.

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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)

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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2 responses to “Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

  1. Hello Jon- greetings from Shanghai!

    Are you on a Euro trip now? Is the weather hot there now? The swiss chapel looks amazing wow Hope you’re having lotsa fun drinking caffe italiano! ;)

  2. cokeforbreakfast

    hey yiwei! yeap on a euro trip now :) its summery but bearable, way more comfortable to walk under the sun compared to singapore. Overloading on the coffee now!

    Shanghai must be fun too! take pics!

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