In 1986, an avalanche struck the small Swiss village of Mogno, flattening the 17th century church of San Giovanni Battista. Architect Mario Botta was commissioned to design a new church of San Giovanni Battista on the site.
The church was built in local stone as an expression of monumentality, and the design concept came from the desire of the people to find peace. The primary material, Peccia marble, alternates with Vallemaggia granite, creating a strong contrast that is visually striking and ultimately a landmark building.
The church is windowless, with seating for 15 people, and is lit entirely by natural light pouring in from the roof glass.