design for death architecture


SKY LIGHT by Juan Isaza from colombia

designer's own words:

This is a design to create a magical experience and transform the idea of dark and gloomy cemetery in a natural experience, simple and happy no matter what religious belief through a series of natural elements like water, flora and most importantly light. This complex (SKY LIGHT) has four pavilions with two different distributions, the first is based on a set of artificial lakes and natural and artistic journey with blue colors, light and the second lpavillon emulates a forest with warmer, more open spaces and less marked paths. The organic architecture is in contrast to traditional cemeteries where concrete is very cold and stiff.

Each of the remains (ashes) are introduced into a primary urn is sealed and placed in an urn light (SKY STAR) containing an LED system that ensures durability of 20 years lighting, low energy consumption (which can be supplied by solar panels 10m x 10m each pavilion or wind energy) and can be replaced at low cost. Each urn can be placed in a family tree, or hung on a constellation generating an electrical contact ensures continuous operation while SKYLIGHT doors open to the public, closing the doors turn on to not waste energy and time lifetime of the LEDs. Each of the Sky Star carries the names of the deceased and can be moved or repositioned to join other family members or friends creating lighting groups (constellations).

The SKY LIGHT is a relatively inexpensive project with a high capacity, each of the halls may contain more than 4000 SKY STARS hanging on the ceiling and over 1000 in the family tree. In a complex of four pavilions SKY LIGHT can expose up to 20,000 (twenty thousand) remains.

A magical experience and satisfactory inside the SKY LIGHT and character holding a SKY STAR

Two different environments: one surrounded by water, color and light with a capacity of over 5000 SKY STARs (4000 units on the roof and 1,000 more in the trees) .. The second a more sober emulating a forest with a starry sky but equally beautiful with a capacity of 6000 SKY STARs (4000 units on the roof and 2000 more in the trees).
[jwplayer config=”mplayer” width=”818px” height=”600px” file=”” html5_file=”” download_file=””]

The concept of space is based on the YEE PENG festival celebrated in northern Thailand where we celebrate the Festival of Lights in the lunar month 12. The main idea of this custom is to say a prayer, make a wish and watch as your “Krathong” or “khome” floats away.

The architectural project SKY LIGHT is divided into four pavilions surrounded by a natural environment, water sources, with warmer materials and plants of all colors. Changing the concept of shady and sad that today is handled in most cemeteries

SKY STAR: this lighting element is composed of a primary urn containing the ashes of a loved one, sealed to ensure their preservation. This element is introduced into a secondary urn is made with frosted glass container, a system of LEDs with an estimated life of 20 years without maintenance solar powered and a plastic cap that ensures a tight seal and secure electrical contact permanent. (all this is achievable with current technologies)

SKY LIGHT: funerary complex surrounded by fountains and natural elements, divided into four pavilions with different design experience, each pavilion has a capacity of over 5000 SKY STARs being self-sustaining. The architectural project can vary in shape and size to be replicated in cities and smaller spaces but the experience remains as experience light is the essence of space.

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

shortlisted entries

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
501,538 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample