design for death


emergence by Enzo Pascual, Pierre Rivière from france

designer's own words:

EMERGENCE highlights the afterlife based on the maxim attributed to Lavoisier: "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed". This project aims to make the cemetery a reservoir of life, a place of peace and places of worship for the families and friends of the deceased.

The concept consists of two parts.

An underground including a biodegradable coffin potential and enriching the soil, through the choice of materials such as PLA (bioplastic) for the upper (100% biobased, compostable 100% transparent, rigid and easy to install work) and Bio-composites for the base part (100% biobased, 100% compostable, rigid and easy to implement).

The upper part consists of two elements, a reservoir of life is in direct connection with the coffin of the deceased and a foundation for meditation. These two modules are produced with a concrete biological promotes the growth of microorganisms and absorbs some of the atmospheric CO2. The reservoir of life is to develop the continuity of life of the deceased. This extension allows plant produce electricity and thus light. This method works 24 hours 24 regardless of sun or wind, thanks to the plants. This technology is also CO2 neutral, quiet, clean and efficient.

EMERGENCE is a tank that promotes independent living meditation day and night, in a natural environment and confined.

Visual of the tomb, the urn and casket.emergenceVisual of the urn coffin comprising the principle of decomposition by microorganisms.emergenceVisual detail of the urn and casket.emergenceVisual from the grave at night, including the principle of producing electricity.

  • brilliant

    Marielle Brie says:
  • This seems pretty horrid and in-line with the usual neo-eco/nature worship trends. Human beings are more than plant food!

    ae says:
  • I agree with both, Marielle and AE… the project itself is brilliantly executed and aesthetically appealing. The idea itself, on the other hand, rings the “I’ve seen something like that but better” bell… I personally saw a similar project by Italian designers at Salone Satellite in Milan, several years ago. The concept was the same but less technological, using 100% natural material which I remember was organic, and definitely more poetic in its simplicity.
    I was going to participate to this competition with something I haven’t seen in any of the shortlisted projects apart the ecocompatibility perspective… couldn’t develop the idea any further in time, sadly, but I still have hopes in the second part of the competition even if I honestly believe nothing really new is going to come out. And there’s nothing new in what I’m pointing out. I’m sure many do agree.
    Anyway I’d like to say Bravo to this French duo.

    Davide says:
  • PS: I’m sure we’re gonna a cemetery from the future, with multiple lines of tombs like this, in some brand new Hollywood sci-fi production soon!

    Davide says:
  • i think this deserves first prize. we cant be narrow minded in this competition. how about we look at the ‘neo-eco’ trend positively – it is happening whether you like it or not and people over generations could once again begin to worship the natural elements and having a loved ones soul (or believe that a loved ones soul) is part of a tree is a beautiful thing. you can laugh all you like but people once worshiped the sun and the eco society is on its way back……AND lets be honest this is what grave yards actually are in theory.

    derek says:
  • I believe this is a wonderful way to memorialize a loved one. Trees can live for many years and are beautiful.

    Bryan says:
  • Wonderful concept!
    a beautiful way to live after life.

    Devina says:
  • great concept. how will it work in conventional cemeteries where there is no luxury of space, hence graves are comemorated with a head stone.

    Kgopotso says:
  • This project is amazingly poetic and beautiful. Great job, great concept.
    I once burried my bird. In return, he gave me a beautiful white flower that I will never forget.

    Loulou says:
  • Eco-friendly trend aside. A beautiful tree is much more visually appealing than the old, dated tombstone. Think about the graveyard becoming a forest, providing life and wonder for subsequent generations. It’s way more than eco-friendly, it’s friendly to those that come after us…

    jas says:

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