Urban Mausoleum

One of our greatest certainty is that one day we will cease to exist.  Whereas every great civilization developed its own mortuary architecture, our modern society doesn’t seem to produce any kind of meaningful architecture celebrating death.

This project explores the possibility to reintegrate the funeral monument at the core of our cities.

Mimicking seashells and coral reefs, the main structure is an endless spiral to which a robot adds a new growth slice everyday.  As people pass away, new urns are superposed, allowing the structure to support the next level.  It registers the passage of time and lives by small accretions.  Over the years, the structure becomes a collective expression that immortalizes and exposes the multitude of lives that preceded us.  Going endlessly up, the monument is in constant evolution.  It acquires the properties of living.


Architectural study