The Paul VI Audience Hall, from the dome of St. Peter's, showing the photovoltaic panel roof
The Paul VI Audience Hall is a building in Rome, mostly in Italy and partially in Vatican City, but the Italian part of the building is an extraterritorial area of the Holy See used by the Pope as an alternative to Saint Peter's Square for conducting his Wednesday morning General Audience. The building, with a seating capacity of 6,300, was designed in reinforced concrete by the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1971.
One of the more arresting features of the hall is the twenty-meter-wide brass and bronze sculpture La Resurrezione ("The Resurrection") by Pericle Fazzini.
On May 25, 2007 it was revealed that the roof of the building was to be covered with 2,400 photovoltaic panels, generating sufficient electricity to supply all the heating, cooling and lighting needs of the building throughout the year. The system was donated by a German manufacturer, SolarWorld, and valued at $1.5 million. It was officially placed into service on November 26, 2008 and was awarded the 2008 European Solar Prize in the Category Solar architecture and urban development.
See also 
- ^ Request Papal Audience Tickets, Santa Susanna, published 2007-04-09, accessed 2007-06-12
- ^ Papal Audience Hall at Structurae, accessed 2007-06-12
- ^ Vatican installs solar panels, United Press, published 2007-05-31, accessed 2007-06-12
- ^ Going green: Vatican expands mission to saving planet, not just souls, Catholic News Service, published 2007-05-25, accessed 2007-06-12
- ^ Vatican wins award for creating rooftop solar-power generator, Catholic News Service, published 2008-11-26, accessed 2008-12-04
- ^ "European Solar Prizes 2008". EUROSOLAR. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
Further reading 
- Ralf van Bühren: Kunst und Kirche im 20. Jahrhundert. Die Rezeption des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils (Konziliengeschichte, Reihe B: Untersuchungen). Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh 2008, pp. 314-317, fig. 58-59 (ISBN 978-3-506-76388-4)
- Conny Cossa: Moderne im Schatten. Die Audienzhalle Pier Luigi Nervis im Vatikan, Regensburg, Schnell & Steiner 2010, ISBN 978-3-7954-2344-5
- Conny Cossa: Modernismo all'ombra - La Sala delle udienze pontificie di Pier Luigi Nervi, Roma, Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2010, ISBN 978-88-209-8446-5
Coordinates: 41°54′02.51″N 12°27′16.91″E / 41.9006972°N 12.4546972°E