Architect Mario Botta kept the visual power of the sun in mind when he rebuilt the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, a tiny alpine town tucked into the Maggia Valley of rural Switzerland, after an avalanche in the mid 1980s.
Since the 19th century, the town has been used solely for annual cattle grazing. As such, it maintains a rather timeless pastoral identity, providing the perfect setting for a mystical church awash with light, even though it has no windows.
The elliptical building boasts a slanted glass ceiling that allows direct sunlight to stream down onto the multi-striped marble and granite interior, which on its own is a spectacular sight to behold; the cross hatching that evolves throughout the day as the angle of the sun changes, though, is what truly creates a magical effect.
Only capable of holding 10-20 people at a time, the church was built in dedication to John the Baptist.
Photo credits: Architectural Grammar