Architects: Pedro Pacheco + Marie Clément
Location: Estrela, Moura, Portugal
Constructed Area: 820 sqm
Budget: US $ 570,000.00
Anthropology: Clara Saraiva
Engineering: G.O.P. – Gabinete de Organização e Projectos, Lda.
Lighting engeneering: Raul Serafim
Lndscape Architecture: Sebastião Pereira
Client: E.D.I.A. – Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infra-estruturas do Alqueva, S.A.
Project year: 2000-2001
Construction year: 2002-2004
Photographs: Pedro Pacheco
The cemetery and mortuary chapel constitute an ensemble of two enclosed spaces, built in a holm-oak field. One of the holm-oaks becomes part of the enclosure, as an element of the cemetery anchorage, transforming the chapel patio into an important shadow space. This gesture acquires a structural significance, either in the dialogue between built and landscape, or in the character of the chapel interior space, built with holm-oak wood, recycled from the fell of trees in the new lagoon river-side.
Like the cemetery of Luz, the elements dislocated from the old cemetery, witch characterize the cemetery typology, are interpreted in the design of the new dislocated cemetery. The spatial intensity held in the shadow spaces between walls, patios and white surfaces, densify the sense of this place, like silence intervals.