18-19 September 2006

Archivio di Stato di Torino, Piazza Castello, 209

Turin, Italy

Occasioned by the complicated process of restoring Guarini's masterpiece, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin, devastated by fire in April 1997, the aim of the workshop is to shed light on the ideological and technical aspects of Guarino Guarini that are hitherto little understood; to understand how Guarini's background as religious and philosopher are expressed in his architecture, and the processes of design and construction through which his concepts are rendered concrete. Invited participants are a mix of international and local scholars of various aspects of Guarini.


Symposium on Guarino Guarini and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud.

In May 2004 Kim Williams interviewed architect Mirella Macera, engineer Paolo Napoli and architect Fernando Delmastro on the problems and progress of restoring Guarino Guarini's masterpiece, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud of Turin, which was heavily damaged by a fire that broke out on the night of April 11, 1997. Originally the purpose of the interview, published in the Nexus Network Journal's Autumn 2004 (vol. 6 no. 2) issue was to learn if the restoration project will shed light on Guarini's blend of geometry and architecture. However, it soon became clear that questions raised by the restoration outnumbered the solutions.