Restoration of Sant'Agapito Martire in Palestrina
The project was assigned third place. The overall project wanted to restore the lost identity of the parvis of the Basilica of Sant’Agapito in Palestrina with the intention of homogeneously linking it to the facade facing via Pierluigi da Palestrina and providing a larger space in front of the main entrance to the church that can be used for religious function needs.
The basic concept is to emphasize the more ancient facade by simplifying the surrounding context, as can be seen in the render of the project.
The project proposal is to purge the context of all the recent decorative elements, including the statues of John Paul II and Regina Pacis installed on the lateral facade that will be recollocated in the Prenestino Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. Considering the overall context, the surrounding buildings are distracting elements for an appreciation of the church. The most suitable solution is to make the surrounding walls visually undistinguished using chromatic uniformity in order to accentuate the historic facade of the church. In this way, the historical facade will be more noticeable than the adjacent buildings. In the plans, the frontal access from Corso Pierluigi da Palestrina has been removed to increase the surface area of the parvis and augment its importance during religious events, as requested by the call to tender.