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San Carlino
Wooden model of the Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome
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DESIGNER
 
 
Mario Botta

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DESCRIPTION
 
Mario Botta San Carlino Lugano BorrominiStanding almost 33 metros high and made up of 35,000 planks each 4,5 cm thick, mounted modularly with a "separation" of 1 cm, the large wooden model of San Carlino is held together with steel cables, in turn fixed to a steel frame weighing 90 tones. This life-size cross-section view of the church sits on a 22-metre-square platform just a few metros from the shore, at the end of the lake promenade and at the entrance to the Parco Ciani. The wooden model of San Carlino thus emerges from the deepest inlet of the lake gulf, surrounded by the mountains, to act as a signpost to the exhibition about the young Borromini.

Mario Botta San Carlino Lugano BorrominiWith the important contribution of a work-creation scheme, set up thanks to the decisive efforts of the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio, this major event and this exception construction have been created in just a few months. The scheme has involved tens of unemployed people, architects, designers, carpenters and craftsmen in a very unusual project.

And the occasion has also proved to be an excellent occasion for training opportunities, starting from the survey of the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane complex in Rome, carried out by Professor Sartor of Rome and commissioned by the Academy of Architecture. The training opportunities have ranged from graphic designs and final drawings for the wooden model to the preparation of the individual planks and other components, and lastly to the building and assembly on site.
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MATERIALS
 
wood, steel

Boards of red fir, steel tubular structure, external facing in wood.

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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Monuments, decorations, furnishings, graphics
Monuments and works of art
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1999    
Realisation
1999
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
a+u. Architecture and Urbanism 366, march 2001, pp. 110-115
Emanuele Saurwein (ed.), San Carlino. Lugano, Gabriele Capelli Editore, Mendrisio 2001
Philip Jodidio, Architecture Now!, Taschen, Köln 2001, pp. 49-53
The Architectural Review 1236, february 2000, p. 98
"Mario Botta. San Carlo alle Quattro alle Quattro Fontane. Lugano, 1999", Lotus international 103, dicembre/december 1999 [Il teatro della storia/The Theater of History], pp. 34-39 (28-39)
Alessandro Rocca, "Questo non è un modello: il San Carlino di Lugano/This is not a model: the San Carlino of Lugano", Lotus international 103, dicembre/december 1999 [Il teatro della storia/The Theater of History], pp. 28-33 (28-39)
Domus 820, novembre/november 1999 [Cronaca/Chronicle], Notizie/News II, p. 9
Abitare 388, ottobre/october 1999, pp. 202-207
Gabriele Cappellato (ed.), Borromini sul Lago, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di architettura – Skira, Mendrisio – Milano/Ginevra 1999
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Renato De Fusco, "I segni dell'architettura/Architectural signs", Domus 629, giugno/june 1982, pp. 26-29
Borromini's San Carlino church in Rome: a semiological analysis starting from a peculiar feature of Baroque - the indipendence of the external from the internal.
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CLIENT
 
 
Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Height
m. 33
Dimensions
Basis platform m. 22 x 22
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Aurelio Muttoni
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
Accademia d'Architettura di Mendrisio
Construction supervision
Elio Ostinelli
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Demolished

Temporary installation realised on the occasion of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the birth of Francesco Borromini and the exhibition organised by Museo Cantonale d’Arte of Lugano (which ran until November 17, 1999). It was planned to disassemble the structure at the end of the exhibition but it instead remained in place and, in 2002, there was talk about restoring and consolidating it to make it permanent.
In winter 2003/04, it was disassembled and the wood was placed in a warehouse that shortly after was completely destroyed by fire.



Location 1999/2003

Mario Botta San Carlino Lugano
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Mario Botta San Carlino Lugano Borromini



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