batlle i roig arquitectes: funeral home in sant joan despi
batlle i roig arquitectes: funeral home in sant joan despi batlle i roig arquitectes: funeral home in sant joan despi
may 20, 2013

batlle i roig arquitectes: funeral home in sant joan despi

‘funeral home in sant joan despi ‘ by batlle i roig arquitectes, barcelona, spainimage © jordi surrocaall drawings courtesy of batlle i roig arquitectes




the new ‘funeral home in sant joan despi’ in the outskirts of barcelona by spanish studio batlle i roig arquitectes is strategically locatedbetween a decaying cemetery and the fontsanta park with gentle hills covered in lush greenery. the brief called for a new structure that would dignify the entrance to the cemetery and provide updated facilities for the preparation and mourning of the deceased, all the whileunifying the surrounding sites on an urban scale with a structure that is beautiful and efficient. the exposed concrete construction carefullyfinds its partially-subterranean site to integrate park and tomb, standing as a simple yet powerful geometry that serves to capture the movement of light through space. two distinct zones are immediately understood upon entering the facility: an open public area used tohold proceedings and provide a peaceful space for contemplation, and a closed-off private section housing the technical and logistical servicesto the funeral home such as the preparation room or casket  storage.


the entry facade is characterized by a low horizontal shell that frames an open space marked by a threshold of repetitive slender columnsthat help manifest the passage of time through the changing shadows on the natural stone floor. immediately inside, the visitor is brought to a quiet open-air courtyard in front of a stone wall, where the sky is framed within a protected space ideal for quiet reflection or mourning.these patios are located throughout the various structures that follow the axis established by the existing cemetery. the new structure on the north side of the site integrates the parking lot and cemetery while respecting the presence of the adjacent park without encroaching ontothe reforested areas.



front facadeimage © jordi surroca



image © jordi surroca



concrete structure punctuated with corten columnsimage © jordi surroca



entranceimage © jordi surroca



internal courtyardimage © jordi surroca



image © jordi surroca



image © jordi surroca



entrance facadeimage © jordi surroca



interior lobbyimage © jordi surroca



interior patios bring in natural light and provide space for contemplationimage © jordi surroca



altar spaceimage © jordi surroca



public area used for proceedingsimage © jordi surroca



interior patioimage © jordi surroca






project info:



architects: enric batlle, joan roig i albert gil, architectscollaborators:    miriam aranda, matteo lencioni, architectstechnical architect: diana calicóagricultural engineer: dolors feustructural engineering: staticinstallations: sj12 enginyersdesign date: 2010construction date: 2011client: serveis funeraris l’hospitalet-baix llobregat, s.l.contractor: vopi4area: 700 m²budget: 1.800.000 €




about the photographer: jordi surroca (barcelona, 1977)


after graduating from efpc (escola de fotografia de la universitat politècnica de catalunya) in 1999, jordi surroca starts his professionalcarreer in vicenç san nicolas’s studio in barcelona, where he meets the world of digital photography at its beginnings. during this period, he starts experimenting with architectural photography. in 2004, he takes an important step and creates aldigit , a company dedicated to creative photographic retouching (mainly fashion and advertising), digital equipment rental and training courses for professional photographers. in 2006, in order to grow and diversify projects, he teams up with giuseppe fazio and together they create la capsula. during these years, jordi collaborates on a regular basis with architects and public administrations related to urbanism and architecture in catalonia. since 2008, jordi dedicates himself exclusively to architectural photography. his extense experience as a retoucher reflects in the personal vision he transmits through his work. his works have been published in prestigious national and international magazines such as metalocus, hoco, arquitectura viva, mark magazine, exé, db deutsche bauzeitung o a&c korea, in monographic books such as battle i roig – veinte jardines 1981-2011 / monográficos del paisaje (ed. paisajismo, 2011), in favour of public space (cccb / aktar, 2010), roldán + berengué 1999-2011 (tc cuadernos – serie dedalo, 2011) and in exhibitions catalogs such as re-cycle. strategies for architecture, city, planet (national museum of xxi century arts – roma / maxxi books,2012) or architecture catalane 2004-2009 (aktar, 2009).

  • This is a brilliant play. Without any superfluous abstraction: Not easy at all when it comes to funerals

    Malaparte says:

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