All sacred architecture is a treasure chest of values, not only for the present but also for future generations
The church is a place of encounter, where Christ becomes a mediator between God and man through Holy Communion. It is a place of reconciliation. The church is a space in which the Christian community recognises itself – but it’s more than that, it’s one of the hubs of the urban fabric and its presence helps to make the identity of the place and the community.
From the humblest churches to the greatest cathedrals, all tell the story of western architecture over the past two thousand years: these buildings have always been a living expression of people and cultures touched by Christianity, and will continue thus in centuries to come.
Great art and beauty have always entered these buildings as a sign of acknowledgement and glory of God, but also as an attempt to illustrate the most important events and acts in our tradition.
Intervening in spaces with such meaningful architecture and history is no easy task. Any intervention must consider numerous practical and aesthetic aspects. The church is not a monument but a living space, and sometimes even in the process of becoming, and therefore any intervention should be executed with the utmost attention for everything already there, but also in the knowledge that all church architecture is a treasure chest of values, not only for the present but also for future generations.
Decisions regarding these spaces carry enormous responsibility.