My Architecture. The Orionist Monastery Parish Center in Lviv
Mario BottaAcademy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland
November 4, 2013
Center for Urban History, Lviv
The main task of architecture is not the placing of one stone on another, but the placement of stone on the earth, and thus transforming what is natural into what is cultural. Mario Botta believes that architecture is a type of priestly office, in the sense that it is a type of people work. Even the poorest of homes has its history, its dignity, its moral code, providing witness to its past, its memories, and of a person’s most deeply held desires. In a fragile society there is a need which buildings fulfill, a symbolic meaning far greater than the structure’s technical and functional purpose. They may serve as the impetus for the transformation of the material components all around us. During the lecture, special attention was given to Mario Botta’s project for the parish center for Lviv’s Orionist Monastic Order.
The lecture was initiated by the Orionist Monastic Order with additional support from the Center for Urban History and GIZ.
The lecture was conducted in Italian, with simultaneous interpretation in Ukrainian. Moderator for the session was Andriy Shulyar.