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Akzo Nobel has made a striking contribution to the architectural landscape of Rome after supplying products for a new church.

Akzo Nobel has made a striking contribution to the architectural landscape of Rome in Italy after supplying products for an impressive new church.

The Dives in Misericordia Church—consecrated last October—is located in the Tor Tre Teste area of Rome and was designed by American architect Richard Meier.

Constructed around three concrete sails, the church is characterized by its arresting white appearance, a color scheme which runs throughout the building to create an “indissoluble communion of light.”

Akzo Nobel’s Sikkens business in Italy has been actively involved with the project as a co-sponsor since 1997. The company recommended the most suitable paint systems and supplied products to decorate the interior walls and protect all inside and outside ironwork.

“We have worked to create a new Roman Catholic church for the 21st century, a landmark which builds upon the city’s rich architectural tradition,” explained Meier.

Natural light flows generously through the glass ceilings and skylights of the church—which span the entire length of the building—and plays on the wall surfaces throughout the day.

At night, the building emanates light from within, creating an ethereal presence and animating the landscape.

(Released: January 5, 2004)

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