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Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes

  • 01:00 - 27 December, 2013
Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes
Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes , © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

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  • Architects

    Andrea Dragoni, Francesco Pes
  • Location

    06024 Gubbio Perugia, Italy
  • Collaborators:

    Andrea Moscetti Castellani, Giorgio Bettelli, Michela Donini, Raul Cambiotti, Antonio Ragnacci, Cristian Cretaro, Matteo Scoccia
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structural Design

    Giuseppe Artegiani, Marco Bacchi
  • Artists

    Sauro Cardinali, Nicola Renzi
  • Plans Desing

    Italprogetti (Moreno Dorillo, Elvisio Regni)
  • Safety coordination

    Claudio Pannacci
  • Director of Works

    Francesco Pes, Paolo Bottegoni
  • Model

    Giuseppe Fioroni
  • Client

    Comune di Gubbio
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© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

© Massimo Marini
© Massimo Marini

The enlargement of the Gubbio cemetery is the result of studies of a new model of public building. On the one hand, it has developed the latest phase of growth of the monumental cemetery in Gubbio, one of Italy’s most important medieval cities. On the other hand, it intends to redefine its meaning and centrality within the structure of the city.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The plan is in an urban structure consisting of linear stereometric blocks arranged in such a way as to reflect the rural layouts that characterize the surrounding landscape and the historic city. 

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

This concept of urban settlement is emphasized by the inclusion of large square enclosures designed to be open spaces that provide the structure with spatial rhythm.

Section FF
Section FF

These spaces were inspired by James Turrell’s Skyspaces and are designed to be enjoyable public areas, independently from the cemetery, offering an opportunity to pause and reflect. These are cubic“squares of silence” having open ceilings that evoke windows open to the sky.

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

The sky thus framed opens the mind to the reign of the invisible, allowing sight and thought to abandon Mother Earth’s gravity and acquire a more aerial and spiritual dimension.

Section EE
Section EE

This relationship with the sky intends to define space that is also time, in such a way that you can find yourself again, a space that thrusts the horizon upwards like a metaphor of the boundaries of heaven, the last horizon of our life in a modern city. At the same time, opening to the sky, it re-interprets Leon Battista Alberti’s window, a window that is like a threshold, imagined by the great Renaissance architect as the only architectural artifice able to “instil the peacefulness” evoked by the celestial void that, descending from above, takes us back to the imperturbable state  of the soul without which overcoming the adversities of life is impossible.

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

The atmosphere of these “Squares of silence” is made more suggestive by a series of permanent site-specific artistic installations that capture the changing effects of light and shadow from dawn to dusk.  These installations were created by two important Italian artists (Sauro Cardinali and Nicola Renzi), with whom collaboration began during the initial stage of the project.

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

This contribution, strongly linked with architecture, helps to define a new space for silence and meditation within the city.

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

William Richard Lethaby said that human beings cannot understand the world as a whole. They must first move away from it, and only after having achieved this detachment can they achieve understanding.

In this sense a building can be seen as a model of the world; it represents an order we cannot directly experience in the world, but at the same time it makes perceptible, within the limits of a building, that which exists in the world.

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