The final project in the BSc course, the brief was to create a sacred space in the Italian industrial city of Trieste, on the border near Slovenia. To create a place that was inclusive, open to believers and non-believers, I decided to design a crematorium. This was mixed with facilities for people’s everyday lives as a way of confronting mortality.
The most important problem to overcome was the issue of privacy for the mourners. A separate route was created that meanders through the building, with the other parts of the building at a respectful distance. The main ceremonial room is the most private, located as an island in the harbour.
The main concept behind the project was ‘entropy’ and the materials chosen reflect this, breaking down over time but revealing hidden beauty and human interaction with age.