Bazilika Solin

Designing in a location of profound historical significance for the croatian catholic community demands a nuanced approach, marked by sensitivity, modesty, and a keen sense of proportion. Conceptually, addressing the fragmented built environment and the vertical presence of the existing church tower was paramount. By engaging in a dialectical relationship between the fragmented outer shell and a central interior, the notion of a monolithic volume was eschewed, allowing for a liturgically appropriate interior space.

Freestanding curved walls, crafted from various stone types to enhance their dissolution, punctuate the outer volume, delineating the interior space of the basilica. These walls form an elliptical plan, centered around two focal points of liturgical significance – the altar and the ambon. Notably, the monumental interior emphasizes a subtly raised skylit altar and the interplay of light and shadow.

Designed to accommodate 700 individuals within its 14-meter-high, 35 to 45-meter-wide footprint, totaling 1,200 square meters, the space is a testament to both grandeur and functionality. Conflict with the surrounding context was deftly resolved by adopting a fragmented external volume and drawing inspiration from the horizontal orientation of Roman basilicas, thus avoiding competition with the existing church bell tower.



Religous & Sacral

Archdiocese of Split