26 May – 25 November 2018
ALPI and the Asplund Pavilion for “Vatican Chapels”
For the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (26 May – 25 November 2018), ALPI has built the Asplund Pavilion inside the “Vatican Chapels” Pavilion of the Holy See, at Fondazione Cini, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
In the making of this project, ALPI has produced the Asplund Pavilion placed at the start of the circuit, designed by the architects Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel, conceived as a prelude to the exhibition itinerary and embodying the essence of the entire project.
The basic idea of “Vatican Chapels” is outlined inside the building that hosts an exhibition of drawings by Gunnar Asplund for the “Woodland Chapel,” accompanied by documents and models that fully illustrate the theme of the project and its construction.
The original chapel is also narrated by the architecture of the Pavilion itself, inspired by the vocabulary of traditional Scandinavian constructions in wood, such as the Stavkirken, reinterpreted in a contemporary way.
For this important project ALPI has developed an experimental material, starting with the woods of the Xilo 2.0 collection used to cover all the surfaces of the work of architecture. The exteriors of the building are entirely composed of 9000 shingles featuring the Xilo 2.0 Planked Grey wood pattern, to respond to the structural and aesthetic criteria specified by the architects.