ARCHITECTURE

Notes about the church of SS Peter and Paul (IX-XI century)
Agliate - Carate Brianza

An important historical complex, built during the second half of IX century - XI century, composed of a church and a baptistery, enclosed by a wooden garden. Inside the church, there are three aisles and a crypt. These are first video notes, in preparation of a more in-depth video.

CREDITS
Directors: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Photography: Lorenzo Baldi
Editing: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Music: ambrosian chants - Schola gregoriana pragensis - Sonoton
Filmed: 2017

TECHNICALITIES
Production standard: Shot UHD 25p, edited HD 25p
Camera: Panasonic GH4 - Atomos Shogun Flame
Lens: Sigma 18-35 mm f 2.8
Codec: .mov Prores HQ, .mp4 150 mbps
Postproduction: Davinci Resolve 14.0

Scolars have Agliate church and baptistery datet back to VI century d.c.According to Ambrosian church rules, the two buildings are detached.
Nevertheless, the first documents reporting about Agliate church date from the XI century.
It’s a three naves, romanesque building. The facade is simple and reflects the internal structure with a high centre nave and two aisles at both sides.
There’s a tower too, decorated with bricks and pebbles and stone around the corners
The columns and capitals are from roman times. One of the columns is made of an roman milestone and you can yet read the ancient writings.
In the interior, with a dim lighting because of the small windows, the nave is high and the upper back wall was frescoed with paintings now covered or
ruined.  Under a lifted chancel there is a crypt, communicating with the nave through two mullioned windows. On the interior side of the facade there is a pipe organ, built by Giuseppe Bernasconi in 1883.

WEBSITE: http://www.basilicadiagliate.com

Saints Nazaro and Celso Church (XI-XVIII century)
Caronno Corbellaro

A little church in the countryside.

CREDITS
Director: Lorenzo Baldi, Liliana Carugati
Photography: Lorenzo Baldi, Liliana Carugati
Camera: Lorenzo Baldi
Editing: Lorenzo Baldi
Music: Sonoton

TECHNICALITIES
Production standard: shot 4k 25p, edited HD 1080p
Camera: Dji Phantom 3, Panasonic GH4
Optics: Panasonic 14-140 f3.5-5.6
Supports: Vinten
Codec: mov H264 100 Mbps, mov 60 Mbs
Postproduction: Final Cut Pro X

It's difficult to date the church, consisting in a square room with an apse. That it's certainly very antique, you can guess from the size, structure and walls.
These have been built with a herringbone pattern, tipical in the years between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the longobard
domination (V-VI century, DC).
The church is located on the upland, near the Olona river valley. From the site you can enjoy the scenic beauties of Como and Varese's pre-alps
and of the Lepontini mountains. It lays down in the middle of the ancient pedemontana road between Gornate and Schianno.
Since it's far from any residential area and situated in a very calm countryside, we chose this place for a first test of aerial videography.
SITO WEB: http://www.parco-rto.it/index.php

St John the Baptist Church - Mario Botta (1986-1992)
Mogno - Fusio (CH)

One of the earlier architectural designs by the swiss architect, located in the Val Maggia mountains.

CREDITS
Directors: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Photography: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Camera: Lorenzo Baldi
Editing: Lorenzo Baldi
Music: Music: Benjamin Starnberg, Hans Gehringer, Hansruedi Schenk - Sonoton
Filmed: 2014

TECHNICALITIES
Production Standard: Shot and edited UHD 25p
Camera: Panasonic GH4
Lenses: Sigma 16-35 mm f1,8, Tokina 11-16 mm f2,8, Nikkor 70-300 mm f4,5-5,6, Metabones Speedbooster
Supports: Vinten
Codec: .mov H264 100 Mbps
Postproduction: Final Cut Pro X

MARIO BOTTA
Born in Mendrisio, Switzerland, in 1943, Mario Botta studied at the Istituto Universitario di Architecttura
in Venice. During this same period he worked as an assistant to Le Corbusier and, then, to Louis I. Kahn.
He opened his own practice in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1970.
Botta's works characteristically show respect for topographical conditions and regional sensibilities and his designs generally emphasize craftsmanship and geometric order. Botta built exclusively in Switzerland during his early career, gaining international acclaim for such buildings as the Capuchin convent in Lugano, the Craft Centre in Balerna and the Administration Building for the Staatsbank in Fribourg.
Since the 1980's Botta has secured many international commissions and is among the most noted architects on an international scale. He is considered one of the world’s foremost architects of churches and museums.
Among his works, the Maison du livre, de l’image et du son (Villeurbanne, France, 1984-1988), the Modern Art Museum (San Francisco, U.S., 1989-1995) the Resurrection Cathedral (Evry, France, 1992-1995), the Centre Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1992-2000, the M.A.R.T. – Museum of modern
and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto (Rovereto, Italy, 1988-2002), the Samsung Art Museum (Seoul, South Korea, 1995-2004), the Santo Volto Church (Turin, Italy, 2004-2006) the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte,U.S, 2010).
In addition to his practice, Mario Botta has served as a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnic Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the past ten years.
In 1982, he was made a member of the Swiss Federal Commission of Fine Arts and, in 1983, became an honorary fellow of the Bund Deutscher Architeckten (BDA). The American Institute of Architects (AIA) conferred honorary fellowship upon Mario Botta in 1984. Today, Mario Botta continues his active lecturing in Europe. North America, and Latin America.

WEBSITE: http://www.botta.ch

THE MOGNO CHURCH
is made from alternating layers of local stones: Peccia's marble and Riveo's granite (dark). It was very controversial, but eventually became
a landmark that is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The church has no windows, and the interior (which seats about 15 people) is only illuminated by natural light streaming in through the glass roof.
Mogno is a small hamlet in the Maggia Valley (Val Lavizzara) at 1,180 m, which has only been used as a Maiensäss (assembly of houses in the mountains used during the cattle grazing period) since the 19th century.
In 1986 an avalanche destroyed the church and about a dozen houses that were fortunately uninhabited.
In the 1990s the architect rebuilt the small church, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

WEBSITE: https://www.chiesadimogno.ch/it

Monasteri benedettini del varesotto (XI-XVIII secolo)
Provincia di Varese

This documentary has been filmed during 1989 for the Administration of Varese's Province (in Northern Lombardy, Italy). It shows the traces which the Benedictine monks left in the architecture of that area. From Torba's nuns to the Ganna monastery, protecting the pilgrims coming to Rome through the Lukmanierpass; from Cairate, in the Olona valley, to the cloisters of Voltorre and Luvinate, near the lake's river
The journey ends at Sant'Antonino, in the historic section of the town of Varese, with its fantastic trompe l'oeil.

CREDITS
Directors: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Photography: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi
Camera: Liliana Carugati
Editing: Lorenzo Baldi
Text and historic advice: Silvano Colombo
Music: Ambrosian Chants

TECHNICALITIES
Production Standard: SD PAL
Camera: Sony DXC-M3
Supports: Cartoni
Recording: U-matic, U-matic SP
Postproduction: U-matic SP
Remastered through noise reduction and removing recording artifacts, normalized audio.

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