Farewell Chapel / Arhitektura Krušec

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Architects: Arhitektura Krušec
Location: Teharje,
Project Team: Lena Krušec, Tomaž Krušec
Collaborators: Matej Nolda, Miha Žargi
Client: Municipality of Celje
Project Area: 160 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Miran Kambič

The location at the top of a small slope in the middle of the village cemetery is characterised by beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The architectural composition of walls of varied elevation which enclose the farewell chapel is designed so that it disables views towards the existing cemetery and tombstones, while orienting visitors’ views over graveyards to the previously mentioned quality natural landscapes.

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Walls are built from native sandstone which has helped to form the building structure of the Celje basin through the centuries. The stone, which has been worked on the outside, has been carved in the interior of the funeral chapels under a rooflight so that when exposed to a certain angle of sunlight, it creates long shadows on the walls and thus generates a special contemplative atmosphere of the interior space.

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The most exposed element of the farewell chapel composition is represented by the cantilevered membrane roof, which covers the central platform and thus allows farewell ceremonies even in poor weather conditions. The architect wanted to reduce the impression of the unified building volume, which is why the dominating effect of the building is characterised solely by the roof that floats almost weightlessly above the covered square.

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The farewell chapel at the Teharje cemetery conjures a space of memory and contemplation through the use of basic architectural elements, such as the floor, wall, and roof. Together with emphasised optical views of the surrounding landscape and use of the laws of natural sunlight, the architect has avoided direct, literary address of the visitor, but has rather attempted to generate a holy ambience in the farewell chapel with abstract elements that are autonomous to the architectural profession.

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Cite: "Farewell Chapel / Arhitektura Krušec" 31 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=62104>

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    very nice ambient when experiencing the chapel from interior, the lightning, the materials, etc. However, a bit grumpy from a far view.

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    This is really very good. The canopy/roof reminds me of the Villa Shodhan, but it’s obviously very different. Melancholy is a better word than grumpy, but it still, through the views it generates and its design offers place for contemplation and reflection.

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