25th June 2014
Italcementi signs the St. John XXIII church of the new Bergamo Hospital. The choice of the designers was to use innovative and eco-friendly materials like the white cement i.active TECNO containing the photocatalytic principle TX Active with de-polluting properties.
Bergamo – The new church of Bergamo Hospital is dedicated to St. John XXIII and was inaugurated on June 25, 2014. It is located next to the Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII (PG23) and will be a place of spiritual comfort for patients and their families, but also a church for the city, entrusted to the St. Joseph the Worker Parish. The consecration will take place on October 11, 2014, the feast day of St. John XXIII.
The design of the new church is an example of sober architecture. It’s kind of a light cuboid block, linear and shining. The church was designed by French architect Aymeric Zublena and Pippo and Ferdinando Traversi partners in their eponymous architectural firm based in Bergamo, the same architects who built the hospital. Innovation and research in building materials have been important factors in the design of this simple space dominated by light. The ambulatory is ringed by an array of thin columns made of the Italcementi
TX Active “smog-eating” concrete (a material developed in collaboration with Styl-Comp and European Innovation Award finalist).
The sacred space, formed in parallelepiped shape, is enriched with frescoed walls representing garden scenes alluding to Eden. Indeed, the architects conceived this place envisaging its enrichment with a prestigious collection of works of art. Stefano Arienti with his works realized in concrete with the impression technique, Andrea Mastrovito with his Via Crucis, Ferrario Freres with his stained glass-windows in the apse depicting the Passion (in collaboration with the master glazier Lino Reduzzi) are the artists involved in this project who have worked together to give the church of the new hospital an atmosphere of mystical wonder and meditation guided by images.