Integrating the building to the site is based on adapting to the existing topography with a set of pitched roofs set into the terrain. The vegetation incorporated into these roofs merges with the adjacent green slopes and improves the appearance of the ensemble as seen from the streets at a higher level around the perimeter. In addition to reducing the perceived building volume with this strategy, the visibility of the construction is reduced while the green surfaces are increased.
The floor plan of the building is organized into two clearly differentiated areas: a public area comprising a set of rooms designed to serve the users of the facility; and a private area with the service rooms required for preparing the deceased and transferring the coffins between them. A system of patios completes the layout of the floor plan. These patios organize, prioritize and illuminate the spaces while serving as filters between each ambiance.
The structural system is composed of Corten steel pillars made of flat bars, walls and reinforced concrete slabs moulded with pinewood boards. All these elements define the building’s image and character by providing simplicity to the outward appearance of the piece. The execution is completed with natural stone pavements and vertical wood facing that provides interior warmth. The steel pillars generate gradations of light by establishing visual filters and protecting the interior from direct sunlight.
The assortment of textures on exposed structural elements combines with natural light to generate a physical presence that dignifies and defines the atmospheres of each space, accompanying the visitor’s mourning at every turn. In this way, each space is distinguished by its own characteristic light.
In essence, light and matter.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE I DURANY, JOAN ROIG DURAN, ALBERT GIL MARGALEF, ARCHITECTS
TEAM MIRIAM ARANDA – ARCHITECT / DOLORS FEU – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT / DIANA CALICÓ, ELISABETH TORREGROSA – BUILDING ENGINEERS