With the introduction of this architectural piece, we reorganized the accesses and organized the expansion of the municipal cemetery of Pedreguer. We designed a space for holding both non-denominational and non-directed ceremonies. Our intention was for users to have a secluded place to reflect on their loss and bid farewell to family and friends.
Continuing with the interpretation of the meditation space as an intersection between the mundane and the metaphysical, we designed two pieces in the shape of a “U” that interrelate.
We chose different materials for each piece with the aim of giving them the meaning of each world: the earth is hard and heavy; the vaporous and light, sky. The union of the two spaces and how they are affected by weather conditions create that crossroads environment that we wanted to value.
The approach that we gave to the project was that of a point of confluence between the earthly universe and afterlife. Inspired by the myth of Charon, we surround the space with a sheet of water that represents the transit between the two worlds. We raised the structure a couple of steps to symbolize how the loved ones of the deceased, through memories and meditations that emerge in farewells, accompany them, in the boat, to the other side of the river.
In this work, each world —each piece— has its own skin.
The first one, on the horizontal plane, refers to the earthly. For its representation we chose a heavy corten steel structure made lighter with perforations. This allows light to pass through and creates a tiny constellation environment around the mourners. The second, lighter and in the vertical plane, allows us to visualize the niches of the cemetery —the definitive symbol of our earthly nature— but from an ethereal, reassuring point of view, achieved thanks to the stainless-steel mesh.
A secluded place in which to reflect on the loss of loved ones and bid farewell to family and friends.