The Passage

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?

—Edgar Allan Poe, “The Premature Burial
Connections
Bridges and paths
Collumbarium
Isola di San Michele, bird eye view
Wall opening/height exploration, section: arches
Wall opening/height exploration, section: solids
Wall opening/height exploration, section: transparency

This project contemplates life and death in Venice.

I am investigating the architecture of eternity in order to address the issue of the lack of burial space in San Michele cemetery in Venice, Italy.

Due to its oversubscription, the cemetery is unable to provide a final resting place for many of Venetians: tombs are leased for varying number years. In some cases, leases can be renewed; otherwise, graves are exhumed and the remains can be cremated or deposited into the cemetery’s common ossuary, usually with little to no information of those who are buried there.

There must be a more poetic journey to one’s afterlife. It is important to allow a final resting place for everyone, despite topographical or financial limitations. Preserving the memories, acknowledging and respecting death is central in moving forward towards the future of the inhabited form.

The completed project book can be seen HERE