Quickly becoming the most must-see installation at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is the first-time exhibitor, the Holy See. Ten fully-realized Vatican Chapels fill the gardens of San Giorgio Maggiore Island, a few vaporetto stops from the main events in the Giardini and Arsenale. Each designed by different offices form around the world, participants included the likes of London-based Norman Foster, New York-based Andrew Berman, Santiago-based Smiljan Radic, and Portugal’s Eduardo Souto de Moura, to name a few.

An eleventh pavilion is dedicated to Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund and his Skogskapellet and Woodland Chapels in Stockholm. The Asplund Pavilion contains models and drawings of the two influential Nordic chapels. Designed by Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzal, the shingled structure references the woodland chapels iconic roof.

Architectural photographer Tom Harris provided these exclusive images to AN from the day of the opening.

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