Týnec nad Sázavou, CZ
We draw on the understanding that meaningful moments take place largely outside of the framework of the official ceremony. That is, before the beginning of the ceremony, when the bereaved meet and greet each other, and after its end, when they console each other, say goodbye, leave together and separately, or linger for a while. In the main axis of the cemetery we place a wooden, horizontal structure. A modest funeral parlour with a generous front area. A place that serves the bereaved both during and outside the ceremony.
A pair of sliding partitions, positioned on the exterior before the ceremony begins, create intimate nooks on the sides of the building for more private conversations or moments alone. At the close of the ceremony itself, the first pair of sliding walls visually separates the catafalque and casket from the bereaved, symbolizing the moment of closure.
The second pair of partitions closes the hall when there is no ceremony. At those times, the front of the hall is connected and serves as a dignified space for visitors to the cemetery - complete with a shallow water feature, benches and a table. The new part of the cemetery is conceived as a forest graveyeard. As part of a possible further extension, we are closing the axis with a forest columbarium. Thus a sequence is created: the outside world - the path - the place of farewell - the place of rest. We then perceive the forest as an ideal image of the last resting place - a return to nature.
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