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.
Tanatorium in Zaragoza, Spain by SALAS Architecture + Design
October 15th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: SALAS Architecture + Design
The Tanatorium frames very important feelings of its users through the evocation of God and the cavern. An steriotomic architecture formed by a perforated enveloping is born from earth to protect humans when they say goodbye to their deceased people. Though a formal gesture, this concrete cavern opens in diagonal direction to the sun, worshipping this primitive god.
The site is a pine wood on the outskirts of a little town, the building is placed in its southern limit to define a new urban edge with a monumental architectural character. The public access is on the west side at the end of a pedestrian path coming from the urban area and leading into a hall space oriented South that articulates circulations to funeral parlors and restrooms.
Thoughout an exterior metalic louvers filter the sunlight draws inside with its projected outlines and recreates the feeling of time passing by into a visual level, which marks the cyclic movement of shadows. The louver pattern has been designed to create shadows in summer and allows the sunlight to come in winter to collaborate in the building energetic performance.
The materiality of the building is white concrete, finished in several superficial treatments, galvanized and prelaquered steel corten, transparent and translucent glass, ceramic tiles and gypsum cast finished white.
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