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.
New Farewell Space For The Deceased in Bergamo, Italy by Tomas Ghisellini Architects
January 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
A brand new contemporary space for the farewell of the deceased rests regally between meadows and trees similar to austere and silent presences. A pure parallelepiped volume, covered in white rough plaster, seems like levitating in mid-air, rising light and free from the ground.
This simple operation of volume lifting carves out a significant space below, a long walkable porch that encircles the entire complex and draws deep fascinating shadows. Under the flying enigmatic monolith, outdoor very long benches provide the opportunity for reflection, contemplation and stillness, reserving for mourners an experience someway “comforting” of the separation from the dearly departed.
The fluctuating volume, conceptually but even physically excavated, becomes a protective enclosure for the core of critical spaces dedicated to the reception and treatment of corpses, to ceremony planning activities and to the waking of dead’s relatives. Visuals are carefully and precisely selected to prevent introspection from the outside and to simultaneously offer visitors the chance to roam the grassy fields and the arboreal communities nearby.
In the inside, wood vertical panels, plaster of uncommon materiality, upholstered furniture and resin concrete flooring given with earthy colors and embellished with geometric patterns that make them look like precious carpets, build the sensation of an embracing, soft and emotional space.
Ceilings, driven to not common heights, free rooms for which meaningfully dosed natural light and air quality are supposed to be decisive added values. The grand cover, carved by openings and real three-dimensional cannon lumiere, pours within cascades of natural light, so that the penumbra, ever so essential, alternates here and there with sudden and surprising flashing glows.
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