This design focuses on a multi-sensory experience for sacred architecture, specifically programming for death and the grieving process through a funeral chapel. The current typical funeral practice of burying the dead is hindering the grieving process, by not allowing the separation and loss to become real for the mourner. The circulation is organized to separate the body and mourners by using grade as a datum line, where the body always remains above ground in the light, and the mourners move below ground in the dark. "
Jury Notes: The relationship between earth and darkness, as well as between air and light, define the poetic nature of this proposal. The project is earnest and stands out because of its thoroughness in conceptual research and design execution. The building would offer a compelling reinvention of the cultural paradigm and process of mourning. Kudos to this unbuilt submittal from an Emerging Architect!