Parish Church in Lecce
The San Giovanni Battista parish church complex in Lecce is explicitly modernist in inspiration. The focus is on the exploration and poetic experience of space. White forms enclose spaces that are modeled by the variations of natural light. As the late Canadian architect Arthur Erikson once remarked, "With light as the palette... we can bring soul and spirit back into architecture and perhaps find our own souls in the process."
Conrad Thake is an architect, urban planner, and historian based on the Mediterranean island of Malta. He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was recently admitted as a member of CICA, the International Committee of Architectural Critics.
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For commentaries on the architectural works of Purini and Thermes dating to the early 1980s, refer to Accasto, G., "Le cose nella casa. Considerazioni su un'architettura di Franco Purini e Laura Thermes." Lotus International, no. 40 (1983): 74-79; F. Purini, "Casa del farmacista di Gibellina (Sicilia): un cantiere nel sud", Lotus International, no. 40 (1983): 80-89. Also, Dal Co, F., "Francesco Purini e Laura Thermes. 65 abitazioni a Napoli' in Casabella 47, no. 494 (1983): 2-11.
Project: San Giovanni Battista Parish Complex, Lecce, Italy
Client: Archdiocese of Lecce
Design Architect: Franco Purini and Laura Thermes, with Adriano Cornoldi
Structural Engineers: Enzo Pierri (church), Andrea Cinuzi (bell tower)
General Contractor: Fratelli Marullo/ Calimera (Lecce)
Site Supervision: Raffaele Parlangeli
Art: Armando Marrocco, Mimmo Paladino
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