CORNELL UNIVERSITY DESIGN STUDIO
SPRING 2015 - ITHACA, NY
PROFESSORS - JIM WILLIAMSON & LORENA DEL RIO
TEACHING ASSISTANT - ANDREW FU
PROJECT BRIEF - FAMILY CEMETERY
PHASE 1: DOCUMENTATION
VERNACULAR HOUSE TYPOLOGY
ARCHITECT - SIMON UNGERS
PHASE 2: ANALYSIS
SHIFTING & SLIDING
PHASE 3: HYBRIDIZATION
PHASE 4: ARCHITECTURAL PROPOSAL
My final architectural proposal creates a duality between the living and the deceased through the transition between interior and exterior spaces. The cemetery contains a predetermined circulation path organized around the garden space, creating constant glimpses of the garden, but not allowing the occupant to enter until they are ready to leave.
The light and airy exterior environment of the living world falls into deep contrast when one enters the world of the deceased, embedded in the cliff face. As one moves further and further into the cliff, the ground begins to gently step upwards, signifying the entrance into a more important space while simultaneously enhancing the feeling of a heavier and darker atmosphere as the solid rock ceiling looms overhead.
When one is prepared to exit the space they are finally presented with the opportunity to descend into the garden. Occupied with a canopy of trees, the garden mirrors the place of rest located within the cliff, completing the sense of duality through the inital entry and exit of the cemetery.
Once emerging and being reborn into the exterior world, one ascends to the second floor meditative space. As the second floor has been rotated and oriented 90°, it contrasts the first floor and makes use of sliding screen doors to open up views into and out of the cemetery.