The abbey, originally built in 15th century, is in a stunning position at the entrance of the Susa valley and in face of the Benedectine 10th century Sacra di San Michele. As to the preservation program, that was conducted in collaboration with the local preservation authorities, the general approach was to eliminate all the recent additions and to restore as much as possible the original simplicity of typology as well as of decoration. As to the functional program, the abbey has been transformed in a center for the continuing education of social assistants and operators. Resonating with the original program, the ground floor hosts all the collective activities, while the upper floors host 70 guestrooms with private bathrooms.
Avigliana (Turin), 1998-2004
Client: Associazione “Abbazia 1515 onlus”, don Luigi Ciotti, Gruppo Abele
Giovanni Durbiano (with Luca Reinerio)
Total amount of works: 5.500.000 Euros
Published on “Aion”