DA studios updates mahaprasthanam hindu crematorium & cemetery in india DA studios updates mahaprasthanam hindu crematorium & cemetery in india
dec 29, 2015

DA studios updates mahaprasthanam hindu crematorium & cemetery in india

DA studios updates mahaprasthanam hindu crematorium & cemetery in india
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design architecture studios, under commission from the phoenix foundation, modernized a neglected cemetery and crematorium in india. the 3.7 site was approached with the intent to build infrastructure to accommodate hindu rituals both culturally and contextually. in the philosophy of gita, life’s purpose is fulfilled in a 16 phase process called shodasha samskara. the final stage is moksha, in which the individual reaches a state of karmic perfection, and is released from the cycle of life.

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entire site 

 

 

 

antyeșṭi, the final stage of life, is the funeral which is subdivided into five sequential parts: preparation, cremation, mourning, purification, and commemoration. ‘mahaprasthanam’, follows this order in a series of structures that both mourn and celebrate the individual. each symbolizes the significance of love and of loss, and reiterates the fact that death is a natural, unavoidable consequence of the continuity of life.

 


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extracts from the bhagat gita (hindu scripture) are cast onto walls throughout the entirety of the site. two structure types can be found within, pavilions and pyres; the first of which are enclosed to comfort and console loved ones, the latter which open skywards to liberate the lost in a final farewell. ‘mahaprasthanam’ was completed over a single month of construction. 


each space brings individuals through the hindu funeral process 


‘mahaprasthanam’ crematorium 

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entrance pavilion


aerial views 

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night view of the traditional pyre 

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view of pyre from the waiting hall

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a stone screens and plants create private space within 


aerial 

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site plan, elevation, section 

 

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funeral pyre and waiting hall 

 

 

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