Gallery: Translucent Watercolor Roof Protects Swiss Abbey & Archaeology...

The St. Maurice Abbey in Switzerland was originally built next to a cliff for protection, but over the years, it actually sustained considerable damage due to rocks falling on top of it. As a way to protect the abbey and its archaeology site, Swiss-based firm Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes designed this dreamy, watercolor floating roof form to protect the area from further rockfall. Anchored into the cliff wall behind the abbey, the roof suspends 170 tons of rock, which serves as a ballast against the wind and creates a dappled shading effect through the translucent material. While very modern, Couverture Ruine Archeologique does not detract from the historic architecture, and instead aims to imbue the space with natural daylight, a contemplative atmosphere and a safe environment free from disaster.

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1 Comment

  1. September 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Beautful! It deserve a specific exhibition and why not an international one!

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