Traces of Sadness

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.

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Concept

1. concept image: walking dune landscape

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Transformation

2. transformation: building as backbone for walking dunes

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Procession

3. procession using traces during time in space

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Typology4. repository typologies

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Main Building5. main building / aula: start procession

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Basilica6. basilica

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Urn wall7. urns wall – choose your own place to trace

Architectural Things Traces of Sadness Graveyard

8. cemetery

 

9. technical schemes of buildings facets

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