Architecture

Those who already know Agape and who return for the second, fifth, or thirtieth time often try to identify it from the street on the approach to Prali, and are unable to find it even with its tall bell tower. Its lack of street visibility is not just a summer reality when the leaves of the full trees are capable of hiding even substantial buildings, but remains so even in autumn when all turns to orange then yellow and the leaves of the trees cloak only the forest floor. Agape’s great walls of wood and stone are nearly invisible, camouflaged in the dried leaves and earth.
Those who arrive at Agape for the first time and take in its large array of windows and buildings and open air church, are dumbfounded to discover that the center has been here now for 60 years. From the novelty and freshness of her architecture, one might think Agape a more recent project.

Her Designers

“It is possible to translate, via architectural principals of a complex construction that one integrates in a given landscape, love? To this question, to this challenge, the architect, Leo Ricci and the pastor, Tullio Vinay, in the years immediately following the war decided to respond with a positive, yes.”

Gianni Genre, Introduzione a L’architettura e Leonardo Ricci – Agape e Riesi, Claudiana, 2001

The particularity of the art of Agape’s architecture is the fruit of the intensive interchange between Tullio Vinay, a pastor, and Leonardo Ricci, an architect. It is fruit of their capacity to dream and to want something more.