Mortuary / Moser und Hager Architekten
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Moser und Hager architects: the transience of all earthly. Can structure clarify dying? Dispel concern? Give solace? Maybe not. What it undoubtedly can do is: present an acceptable setting for our final future. […] A spot that conveys the traditional story of dying and (constructing) tradition within the language of our time.
Moser und Hager Architekten draw on components we now have identified for millennia: the wall that separates the district of the departed from the world of residing, for instance, defines the brand new facility simply as strikingly as does the motif of the brink and the trail that leads from right here to the hereafter. In Kematen, this path follows the slender lane from the Romanesque parish church within the centre of the village, on the sting of the settlement now dominated by single-family properties and business buildings, and ends within the central axis of the cemetery, thus figuring out the place of the doorway. This route is the spine on which the brand new facility’s framework of symbols and areas is constructed. A wall created from the conglomerate stone typical of the Krems Valley extends the cemetery wall and envelopes the funeral corridor, which rises instantly on the roadside. The wall continues, shifted again somewhat from the road line, and creates a small secondary quantity, thus defining the principle entrance and the forecourt to the corridor.
The wall presents safety from the road noise and prying eyes. It closes out the skin world, but it doesn’t shut off the area. The fragile concrete shell of the roof floats above the wall, supported by slender T-profiles paired to create a cruciform part. Via the clear glass enclosure of the funeral corridor, your gaze drifts outward to the sheltered intervening area and, following the scending planes of the roof, up into tree-top-framed sky. The altering daylight and transferring clouds complement the earthly weight of the stone. Added to that is the nice and cozy attraction of the oak wooden that’s used for the easy seating and which clads each finish partitions of the funerary area, which may be divided in half with a heavy curtain. The rear wall, which is fitted with two easy, movable brass crosses as a backdrop for funeral ceremonies, discreetly conceals the doorways to the ancillary rooms, that are additionally accessible from exterior. On the forecourt finish, the wood wall panels may be rotated on asymmetrically positioned axes to create two massive openings shielded by the wood panels. Past this threshold, the inside of the corridor steadily transitions into the forecourt, which slopes up barely in direction of the outbuilding and is shaded by the overhang of the planted inexperienced roof. Rainwater seeps right into a brass channel working down the center, the place it’s collected. From right here it drips down into the water basin designed by Gerhard Brandl – one other block, this one in all concrete and sunk into the bottom. It’d remind us of the transience of all earthly issues and of the cycle of nature.