Prague 2016 | Non-residential

Schoenstatt International Centre

ItalyItalyCompany Name: MA.STE.R SRL

Project description

Schoenstatt International Center, close to Rome, hosts a Sanctuary of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement founded in 1914. Within this complex there is a new building known as “Domus Pater Kentenich” which acts as a training center. The building is renowned for its suggestive curved lines immersed in greenery, following the irregular shape of the ground. The architecture takes inspiration from the drawing of a spiral, seen in the ceilings in a series of overlapping curved lines, serving an acoustic function. These acoustic ceilings consist of suitably shaped elements, forming a series of “slices” and “fans” of great visual impact, which converge toward the central lantern which was very challenging from an installation point of view. Beneath the laminated wooden fanned roof, a system with high thermal insulation performances was implemented using mineral wool insulation inserted between the metal beams. An aesthetic ceiling made from Rigitone Activ’Air 8/18 is suspended from the plasterboard which closes the insulated package.



The company is active in the Italian market since 1979. It is certified ISO 9000-2008 Quality System. The strengths of MA.STE.R. are that they are professionally trained, they have the latest equipment, they have expertise and professionalism in all aspects of work, they are constantly updating their materials, processing techniques according to the specific regulations of the sector. Their employees undertake specific courses and refresher courses, are punctual in their delivery and use quality materials. MA.STE.R SRL deal with supply and installation of: arches and vaults, acoustic ceilings, curved ceilings, ceilings of any kind, metal ceilings, optical fibers, thermal insulation, libraries and plasterboard cabinets, curved lines, diffused light, shelves, plasterboard, plasterboard partitions, mobile partition walls of all types, simple and equipped, raised access floors, fire protection, coatings.

Key Achievements

  • Constructive design and achievement of an innovative stratified solution which satisfies all the design requirements, in terms of both aesthetics and performance.

Key Challenges

  • To develop a new solution with the following features; thermal insulation, acoustic insulation, acoustic absorption, aesthetically pleasing design.
  • Technical difficulty in designing and carrying out the specific spiral design, which is mirrored in both the external shapes and the marble floor design.


Building owner:
Casa di Procura dell’Istituto dei Sacerdoti Diocesani di Schoenstatt
Rainer Pörsch
Main contractor:
MA.STE.R. srl
Lorenzo Bartoli
Saint-Gobain Team:
Pietro MasottiSimone Tempesta