Bucheli Religious Architecture

Our Philosophy

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We do believe

that a new era in Church design is taking place, and must take place.

We do believe

that a Church is a sacred place, and that sacred expression has need of the best art to be accomplished. Sacredness has nothing to do with “historical styles” or traditional “decorative Arts”; it is more a matter of good taste and very good building skills.

We do believe

that we have to turn to the long history and tradition of the Liturgy to inspire how we must do things nowadays in applying the new norms, and that truth in engineering and materials is a moral matter (Le Corbusier), and that real art can never be faked or simulated.

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We sustain that good architecture and not theatrical scenery; better yet: excellent contemporary architecture is needed to express the presence of God.

Building materials have evolved, building engineering has evolved, and the truth of materials, mechanics, and gnomotica (Vitrubio), in new buildings make it easier for the good creative designer to build great spaces, and beautiful ones; because Beauty has always been related to Unity, Truth and Good (Unum, Verum et Bonum: St. Thomas Aquinas). And if it is possible nowadays to build beautiful buildings to serve as

auditoriums, museums, even transportation, why shouldn’t it be possible to build great and beautiful sacred places?

If the expression of God present among us was so well achieved with stone architecture, it must be easier to achieve similar feelings with the freedom that new building forms offer us today. Any building that leads us to understand the Eucharistic mystery, and the presence of God with us, (the eternity within time), leads us to experience what a true Church building is.

A Church is a sacred place, and that sacred expression has need of the best art to be accomplished. Sacredness has nothing to do with “historical styles” or traditional “decorative Arts”; it is more a matter of good taste and very good building skills.

New architects, who build Catholic Churches, must know and understand very deeply the mysteries to be celebrated in the places designed by them and use the most up to date and qualified technology: mechanical, acoustical and the use of natural light. We need excellent professionals who understand the meaning of a work of art (recta ratio factibilium), as well as a good work of real architecture, and that know what good taste is.

We do believe

in the union that Catholic Liturgical Tradition has always kept between architecture, painting and sculpture; and that modern buildings that are meant to be sacred places will never be iconoclastic, and builders should freely make use of antique (authentic) or new works of painted or sculpted art in order to move the feelings of the faithful towards God.

When faith, celebrated in a particular way in the liturgy, encounters art, a profound synchrony is created, because both can and want to praise God, making the Invisible visible (Benedict XVI).

We do believe

with Pope Benedict XVI, that a church without images cannot be a Catholic Church, and with Pope Pius XII, that we must put aside all images that are offensive to the religious feelings of the people.

We do believe

that a new Catholic Church must be built with the best of the new industrialized materials, a very clear and clean order that brings satisfaction to understanding, (the building and the ceremonies carried on in it), and the best modalities of expression that lead to real architectural creation.

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A Church has less to do with “styles” than all new architecture. It is a building built by faith, a building built by love, a building built by professional competence.

A Church is not only the place where Catholics gather to pray, it is a building where a sacrament takes place. And everything in it should express that ineffable mystery. It cannot be designed with a catalog of altars, ambos and sees in hand; neither with an Art History photographic book, copying from it whatever a bad designer pleases. A Church has less to do with “styles” than all new architecture. It is a building built by faith, a building built by love, a building built by professional competence, and a building that wakes supernatural echoes in us and determine the movements of our heart and of our understanding that lead us to feel that God is with us, that He is always with us.

We do believe

that a very competent Liturgist (who knows Art and Liturgical History, and has clear notions of what contemporary building signifies) should always assist the architect; that the architect should be a man of faith and have a profound knowledge of Art History and Liturgical History.

We do believe

that Modern art is made of memories” (Umberto Ecco) And that “a modern architect should move easily back and forth in the history of Architecture (Philip Johnson).

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