Ronchamp. Ronchamp Monastery

Ronchamp. Ronchamp Monastery

Ronchamp is the sixth monograph published by the Foundation.

Like the other volumes in the series, the book recounts the adventure of its construction through documents from the archives and the living voices of the protagonists. In this case, it was a truly special journey to restore the mystical and spiritual dimension of the hill on which stands a masterpiece of modern architecture: the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier. In 2006, the Association Oeuvre Notre Dame du Haut, which is responsible for the sanctuary, in agreement with the Order of Poor Clares of Besançon, commissioned the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to present an architectural project. The aim was to rethink the site and recover the religious and spiritual dimension that was its origin, through the establishment there of a small community of Poor Clares.

Thanks to contributions by Francesco Bandarin, Sister Brigitte and Renzo Piano, the reader can take part in this extraordinary encounter between spirituality and architecture.


Technical Information

Closed size:
28x28 cm

196 pages, printed in 4 colors + paint
Cover with double inside flap. 


ISBN code: 
978-88-6264-007-7 Italian/English 
978-88-6264-008-4 French/English

Volume edited by  

Lia Piano

Conception and development

Lia Piano and Franco Origoni with Paul Vincent, Florian Bolle, and Elena Spadavecchia

With the participation of

Francesco Bandarin, Souer Brigitte de Singly, Jean-Jacques Virot, José Luis Taborda; Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Giovanna Langasco, Antonio Porcile, Sylvie Romet-Milanesi, Maria Salerno; Renzo Piano Foundation - Nicoletta Durante, Giovanna Giusto

Graphic design and layout

Franco Origoni and Anna Steiner with M. Vittoria Riva


Richard Sadlier, Miranda Westwood and Verto Group srl


Renzo Piano Foundation