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  7. Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto

  • 01:00 - 28 August, 2013
Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto
Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto, © Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz

© Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz + 22

  • Architect Office

  • Location

    Mercaderes Kalea, 36, 31171 Asiáin, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect

    Iñigo Esparza
  • Collaborators

    Jesús Corera Gutierrez, Proinalsa Proyectos de Ingeniería
  • Builder

    Espacios Habitables Sagardoy Hnos, S.L.
  • Area

    157.59 sqm
  • Year

  • Photography

    Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz

Text description provided by the architects. The Town council of Asiain, a small community located in the municipality of Olza, proposed a simple program when decided to build an extension for the old cemetery. An open air area containing the burial niches and a side construction with the autopsy room and a storage unit.

© Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz

The limited dimensions of the cemetery and the inexistence of a covered space to provide shade and shelter from the harshness of weather, encouraged to transform the new access into a small pavilion. A prismatic volume, link between the old and the new area, not only used as a roofed platform but also as a module containing the indoor program.

© Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz

This new element is made of concrete that, aside from functioning as a building element, provides a sober finish to the surfaces. The main fachades has been conceived as a free-flowing latticework built with rectangular steel hollow sections prime and painted. The access is through a large door constructed with the same metallic elements. The autopsy room and the storage room are bounded with light sandwich panels in a soft grey colour.

© Berta Buzunariz
© Berta Buzunariz

Reducing the existing wall between the old cemetery and the new extention to 1,50 meters allowed a visual and even a physical connection at the end of the plot. The intervention finalizes with gravel paths and the relocation in the access module of an old renaissance baptismal font.


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Cite: "Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto" [Cementerio ASIAIN / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto] 28 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884