Interviewer’s question: “You had to do several times with sacred architecture. What is the relationship of the architect with the temple?”In this video, Mario Botta explains the relationship of architecture with the sacred: architecture encompasses the idea of the sacred because the first element of the architectural act is to determine a perimeter: to draw the interior in relation to the external macrocosm, so, the interior of the temple is the first act that embodies every work of architecture. In churches, Mario Botta finds the essential and ultimate reasons for his craft, because in them the expressive form must not be subjected to mere functions.In Summer 2018, Loretta Dalpozzo and Michèle Volontè have directed and produced “Mario Botta. The Space Beyond”, a documentary that is a rare and in-depth artistic journey into the work of Mario Botta. The film explores Mario Botta’s ever growing curiosity and reflections on the contradictions of society, through his sacred spaces. Why does a globalized society feel the urge to build such spaces?The documentary has been presented at the Locarno Film Festival in July 2018 and is now being distributed in some cities all over the world. You can see the documentary’s programming and the trailer from the official website: http://mariobottathespacebeyond.com/.What does it mean to you that in sacred architecture an architect can find the essential and ultimate reason for his/her craft? Share your thoughts in the discussion area.
Mario Botta: To Be an Architect
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