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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Islamic Cemetery Altach in Austria by Bernardo Bader

 
September 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Philipp Bechter

The design of a cemetery is based on the beliefs and their funeral rites, which in turn say a lot about the particular understanding of nature and social relations.

This fact should also be shown clearly in the new cemetery project for Muslims in Vorarlberg.

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

  • Architects: Bernardo Bader
  • Project: Islamic Cemetery Altach
  • Location: Altach, Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Year: 2012
  • Property size: 8400m2
  • Property owner: Vorarlberger Gemeindeverband
  • Graves: compactly organized grave area with bench, 700 graves in the final possible
  • Rooms: Ablution (ritual washing), Small prayer room (Mescid), Utility rooms Covered area for adoption
  • Architectural strategy: very open and clearly laid out overall concept Pragmatic  with very little symbolism unobtrusive integrated in the landscape
  • Photos: Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Regardless of religious orientation, is the two forms of Christian and Muslim burial site in common, that the cemetery was the first garden. As the real ‘Urgarten’ it is characterized by the cultivation of its soil and its clearly defined from surface. When creating a garden for the first time a piece of land is bounded and clearly delineated against the wilderness.

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

The aim of the design is a very open and clearly laid out the overall concept. A delicate weave of wall panels in various heights frame the graves and the built-structure. The ‘finger-like’ grave-scale fields allow implementation in stages, – the grave fields extend into  the pristine landscape.

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

The planned grave fields are bordered by low walls and form separate rooms. They are each divided into a compact area for organized grave burials and a small room with sitting-bench.

The range of the required facilities are developed from the topic out of the wall.

The result is a total investment of grave fields appropriate header.

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

Image Courtesy Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

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