Architecture: Superhighway Church

In a secular age, long removed from the centuries that built the great cathedrals, a church still remains a profound creative challenge for an architect; clergy and congregations are among the most open-minded of clients. Yet they do not often concede the degree of freedom given to Italian Architect Giovanni Michelucci, 73, in his new Church of St. John the Baptist. His client was the governmental superhighway authority (modeled on the New York Port Authority) that built the Autostrada del Sole from Milan to Naples. It wanted a memorial to dead highway-builders, and put no limitations of time, size,...

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