'a dome' pavilion is shaped after the monumental niche of a spanish cathedral

Oct 23, 2021

matteo ghidoni and enrico dusi developed ‘a dome’ with the collaboration of the istituto italiano di cultura di madrid. for four days in september, the installation activated logroño’s main square, plaza del mercado, where the cathedral of santa maria de la redonda is located. its volume is moulded on the central niche of the church’s facade, thus establishing a conversation with the existing architecture. its proportions are found rather than invented.

the temporary pavilion is monumental, through little means. with a form that resembles a playful ghost, it appears to be floating in front of the cathedral, while defining a 40 sqm portion of public space in its base. providing a bit of shadow and a feeling of wonder, ‘a dome’ is open to host civic rituals. the project is part of concéntrico 07, logroño’s international festival of architecture and design that aims discover and rediscover spaces of interest in the city’s historic downtown. the festival invites attendees to visit these places through installations that create a connection between interior patios, hidden spaces and plazas that typically go unnoticed in day-to-day life. more projects featured on designboom from this year’s edition are ‘types of spaces’ by PALMA and HANGHAR, and ‘blackout’ by SpY.

project info:

name: a dome

architect: matteo ghidoni / salottobuono + enrico dusi

team: alessandro pasèro, simone baccaglini

collaborator: istituto italiano di cultura di madrid

event: festival internacional de arquitectura concéntrico location: plaza del mercado, logroño, spain

photography: josema cutillas