CHURCH SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA, MOGNO 1996
In 1986 an avalanche overwhelmed the small village of Mogno, Maggia Valley. The church San Giovanni Battista rises up on the site of the small 17th-century homonymous chapel and, though it preserves the relatively modest dimensions, it introduces a new image and a new language. The language conveys a contemporary dimension, mediated by an archaic meaning thanks to the interplay of essential shapes: a rectangle inscribed within an external ellipse that changes into a circle at roof level. The thick stone wall and the light glass roof give the building the meaning of resistance against a possible future disaster.
source: Mario Botta