A study of Alpine architecture
Chapel of Monte TamaroArchitect: Mario Botta Project Description: The Chapel of Monte Tamaro was completed from 1990 to 1996 at an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet. Natural stone was used to create horizontal banding and circular forms - both staples of Mario Botta’s work. In deciding on a site for the stone chapel, Botta essentially had the entire mountain at his disposal, and he chose a setting near the cable car station at the summit. This allowed the chapel to become part of the recreational facilities of the ski resort, yet maintain a panoramic view from the cliff into the valley.
Church of MognoArchitect: Mario Botta Project Description: In April of 1986, an enormous landslide destroyed a dozen buildings in Mogno, including the town’s church. Mario Botta was presented with the task of reconstructing the church, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The resulting structure carries an elliptical form. Building materials include marble from Peccia and granite from Valle Maggia in alternating horizontal bands - a signature of Botta’s style - along with a roof made from iron and glass.
Iragna Municipal Building
Project Description: Located in a traditional granite-quarrying region of Switzerland, the Iragna Municipal Building was designed to respect the local environment. The use of textured local stone as a primary building material integrated the massive buildings into the existing composition of the town. Granite slabs were also used as paving for the adjacent town square, further connecting the built and natural environments.