Pantheon Nube / Clavel Arquitectos

© David Frutos Ruiz

Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
Location: Murcia,
Project Area: 38.95 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz

This project involves two images, the first being the medieval unfold-able boards, which worked as removable façades or altarpieces, and are now remade into the zigzagged façade. Death inspires human beings with something between mystery and fear. To die means a transition from this world to an area that no one knows.


Because the tomb is where this transition takes place, it should be closed forever, and their doors should never be opened. Since the tomb should be impossible to open, even if you wanted to, there are no handles or locks. The doors are inserted in the walls, merging together, making the entrances secret, just like the transits that occur inside. In fact, the façade can be only opened in a specific way, a combination that only the owner knows.

© David Frutos Ruiz

Inside we find a cloud that is crossed by sunbeams. It is an atmospheric situation that can be found in the nature and that, linked to our cultural references of the Divine, stimulate our spiritual side. That moment gets crystallized in the abstraction of the white cloud. Starting from the basement, it ascends to the intermediate platform and goes on until the cloud’s space, where our sight gets lost in the abstract and unreal atmosphere that fills the place.

© David Frutos Ruiz

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Cite: "Pantheon Nube / Clavel Arquitectos" 24 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Pedro

    So nice / muy bonito

  • Alexander Shaw

    I love the contemporary nature of this structure. so many architects have tried to modernise religious building but none have really recognised the importance of form and light as much as this design.

  • up_today_arch

    very introverted type of design… very suitable for such place…

  • Johnny Depp

    Lovely indeed! Now the dead get to go dancing! when will we come back to some sense of decency in architeture??

  • Archreviewer

    Fantastic! All cultures would understand that this as a spiritual space – a great achievement.