2020

The First Living Chapel

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Rome

Made entirely of 100% recycled aluminium and oil barrels regenerated into musical instruments.


It’s energy self-sufficient thanks to solar panels powering a closed water cycle which feeds the plants and produces a musical symphony.


It's a “living” architecture covered by 3,500 plants contributing to the improvement of air quality and the mitigation of summer temperatures.


Inspired by the Assisi’s Portiuncula, it was designed by Canadian architect Gillean Denny supported by more than 100 volunteer students from Pennsylvania University.

In 2020 we took up a major challenge by choosing to build the Living Chapel despite the difficulties and uncertainties related to the pandemic. It was an extraordinary experience that gave the project momentum and great confidence to our entire team.

In 2021 it was confirmed that the Living Chapel will be adopted by the Botanical Garden as a permanent installation.

With the support of religious and secular associations, voluntary groups and environmental organisations, we have planted more than 1,000 trees in Italy and around the world, giving life to the Laudato Sì Gardens and a number of urban reforestation projects.

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Our Partners

Under the patronage of the Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile - ASviS
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