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Tanatorio Municipal de Leon / BAAS

  • Architects: BAAS
  • Location: Leon, Castille and Leon, Spain
  • Architect: Jordi Badia /Josep Val
  • Structure: Eduard Doce, architect
  • Engineering Assistance: Mariano Fernández, José Manuel Pérez
  • Services: Consulting Lluís Duart
  • Collaborators:: Elena Valls, Tirma Balagué, Albert Cibiach , Marcos Catalán, Juan Carlos Castro, Frans Massana, Lorena Maristany, Rafael Berengena, Francesc Belart, Santi Vinuesa, Bárbara Camarero, Ginés Egea, Josep Martínez, Luis Victori, Sergi Serrat, Lluis Carreras, Jordi Mercadé
  • Construction: 2000
  • Budget Consultant: Francesc Belart
  • Client: SERFUNLE/Ayuntamiento de León
  • Project Year: 2000

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From the architect. Collaborators: Elena Valls, Tirma Balagué, Albert Cibiach , Marcos Catalán, Juan Carlos Castro, Frans Massana, Lorena Maristany, Rafael Berengena, Francesc Belart, Santi Vinuesa, Bárbara Camarero, Ginés Egea, Josep Martínez, Luis Victori, Sergi Serrat, Lluis Carreras, Jordi Mercadé

The building is conceived as a tomb of tombs.

A completely buried construction, it eludes its volume and its signification in order to camouflage itself in the interstices of a too-close residential area.

A sheet of water by way of a roof constitutes the single facade, reflecting León's sky like an allegory of death. All that emerges from the water are mysterious fingers in search of light for prayer.

The entrance, ritualised by a great ramp which slowly descends below the ground, terminates in an image of the sky which opens just far enough to let us in.

Past the threshold, the structural design of the main entrance conveys all the weight of a marble slab and the infinite thickness of its perimeter.

A series of courtyards introduce space and light. From the viewing rooms, the only sight of the exterior is the sky.

The building is constructed entirely of concrete, the only fitting material for a tombs. The choice of colour reminds us of the Boñar stone of which the whole city is built.

Inside, a panel of iroko wood folds back on itself to separate the main entrance from the viewing rooms.

Throughout the building there are inserts of black detailing, like the armband that signifies mourning and the sadness of visitors.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Tanatorio Municipal de Leon / BAAS" 19 Jul 2008. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/3891/tanatorio-municipal-de-leon-baas/>