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Family Vault in Elche / Estudio ARN

Family Vault in Elche / Estudio ARN

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Elche, Spain
  • Architects: Estudio ARN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  18 Area:  18
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 Year:  2013
  • Photographs photographs:  David FrutosPhotographs:  David Frutos
© David Frutos
© David Frutos

Text description provided by the architects. The funerary volume is located between the existing boxes of niches and creates a compact and dense piece of stone that completes the horizontal landscape of this area of the cementery.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

A vault is created to preserve and protect the memory of the deceased and, at the same time has to generate an intimate and quite space for the family. This way, we propose a dense box of horizontal tiles of grey stone which is externally perforated by only two hollows: the door and the cross.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

Another iron sheet cross tags at the volume establishing the access and placing the name of the family. The door is a glass sliding plane hanging by this cross which softly reflects the landscape of flowers and graves in front of it, minimizing the view of the interior space and strengthening the symbolic and funerary character of this architectural piece.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

When it opens, the door shows a neutral space of big white marble walls with iron frames behind the twelve niches are. In the background, an only cross shaped hole makes the heavy white marble volume lighter and filters the light to the interior space.

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Address:Elche, Alicante, Spain

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Cite: "Family Vault in Elche / Estudio ARN" 23 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/449571/panteon-familiar-en-elche-estudio-arn> ISSN 0719-8884
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