Santa Maria Goretti Church

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Religious and Spiritual
  • Company/Firm
    Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Mario Cucinella
  • Design Team
    Luca Sandri, Alberto Bruno, Alberto Casarotto, Emanuele Dionigi, Enrico Pintabona, Michele Roveri
  • Architect
    MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Interior Designer
    MC D - Mario Cucinella Design
  • Const. Company
    Generali Costruzioni, Lagonegro, Potenza; GiPlanet, Piove di Sacco, Padua
  • Photo Credit
    Duccio Malagamba
  • Location
    Via Santa Maria Goretti, 87026 Mormanno CS, Italy
  • Client
    Diocesi of Cassano all'Jonio
  • Project Date
    February 2021

Solitary and monolithic, the Church dominates the pre-existing urban context.
The monumental plan with an organic shape is inspired by the geometries of some of the most beautiful Baroque churches, such as the “Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte” and “al Quirinale”, both in Rome, the Ghisilieri Oratory in Ferrara, the Church of “San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane” and the Church of “Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza” in Rome.
The main facade, which opens onto the new church square, is characterized by a few elements that define the main signs of the Christian tradition: the entrance portal and the cross. The symbol of the cross appears on the façade through slight flaking of the casing that draw shadow lines generated by the intersection with the entrance portal, giving life to a slight incision with at the same time a strong expressive value.
The interior is pervaded by natural light, the protagonist and symbol of the Christian language. From the top of the Church, a series of translucent veils, fill the central space, reverberating natural light through its folds in a play of reflections that harks back to the mystical spectacle of the Northern Lights.

Founded in 1992 in Paris by Mario Cucinella, MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects studio is based in Bologna and Milan. MC A specialises in architectural design that integrates environmental and energy strategies, making use of an internal R&D department that investigates the issues of sustainability through a holistic approach.
MC D - Mario Cucinella Design - specialised in the theme of recycling and the circular economy - was launched in 2018.
In 2015 Mario Cucinella founded SOS - School of Sustainability, a postgraduate training centre to create professionals in the field of sustainability.

Other prizes
2021 Imprese Vincenti Award to MC A for distinguishing itself in the launch and implementation of sustainable and inclusive development paths, with the aim of generating value for stakeholders and the community. 2020 Architecture Masterprize Honorable Mention in the Architectural Design-Cultural Architecture category.Project: Fondazione Rovati Museum. 2020 Architecture Masterprize Honorable Mention in the Architectural Design-Educational Buildings category. Project: Guastalla School. 2019 WAN Awards winner in the category Civic. Project: Arpae. 2019 WIN Awards winner in the category Cultural Venues. Project: Arcipelago Italia. 2019 Active House Awards in the category Designed Building without Radar. Project: Unipol Group Headquarter. 2019 Dedalo Minosse International Prize winner for the project "Workshop Ricostruzione Emilia". 2019 European Sustainability Award in the category for small and medium-sized enterprises with the project "Workshop Ricostruzione Emilia".