2009 – A trace of Sadness is a ‘walking dune’ landscape where nature falls in with culture. The landscape symbolizes the Latin word natura, which means (re-)birth, while cultus means worship. The proposed strategy engages landscape with architecture, nature with culture, symbols with rituals & tradition.
The cemetery is designed as an overlay, where cultures meet in scenery of a constant transforming landscape which contributes to process the loss of a loved one. The landscape is an overlapping winding sheet, hold together by a building which forms the backbone of the whole ritual & landscape. The building forms with the landscape a symbiotic unit in an ecological and a symbolic way to process the grief. All humans share the basic emotions of love and grief. While the world is in a complex globalized context, the urge of combining nature with culture and creating a tolerance state of mind is on its highest level. Therefor sustainable thinking is not only based on pragmatics, rather than a symbolic strategy which provides in a possibility to connect several rituals, believes & shared space to express the unity of mankind.
1. concept image: walking dune landscape
2. transformation: building as backbone for walking dunes
3. procession using traces during time in space
4. repository typologies
5. main building / aula: start procession
7. urns wall – choose your own place to trace
9. technical schemes of buildings facets