Initally trained as a carpenter and cabinet-maker, the architect also designed a series of houses aimed at combining traditional constructions with modern detailing. How can they be transformed for new kinds of use to meet the requirements of the present time? Other projects featured will include Aussichtsturm Reussdelta — an observation tower for ornithologists — and Waldhuette, a school classroom contained within a woodland cabin. The exhibition opens at the House of Art's contemporary art and architecture gallery on 7 May and will run until 15 June.
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Your email address will not be published. Journal Atlas. About Manifesto Series Community Illustrations. Stiva da Morts Vrin, Switzerland.
Traditional burial rites that included viewing the deceased in his or her own home are steadily disappearing. The community mortuary building offers a special place for the rites of transition that occur before the funeral itself, one that symbolically, physically and in terms of its ambiance lies somewhere between the everyday life of a village and the sacral grounds of a church and cemetery.
In fact, the community mortuary building is located next to the cemetery and is oriented to it, yet is still clearly outside of it.
Like the surrounding residential buildings, it is built of wood and yet it is painted white and almost resembles a church. Its exceptionally powerful corner supports protrude into the space and recall both the pilaster columns of the church and the projecting walls of local houses. Its rooms emit a warm aura reminiscent of village parlours, albeit the wood here appears more solid and imposing, and has an unusual physical presence that conveys a feeling of strength and security.
Sus soportes en esquina excepcionalmente poderosos sobresalen en el espacio y recuerdan las columnas de pilastra de la iglesia y las paredes salientes de las casas locales. Here, the mourners can gather and sit by the deceased. The upper storey offers a complementary, more intimate room, to which people might retire for a cup of coffee or to chat; just as in domestic funeral settings people retire to the kitchen to take some distance from the deceased and from formal, pre-funeral rites.
Large windows provide various views into the depths of the valley or across the mountains, as well of the village and cemetery, yet because the windows are set unusually low in the walls, intimacy is nonetheless assured. Only a few steps need be taken to remain protected from unwanted glances from outside. The windows are both a spatial gesture that links the interior and exterior, and a means of connecting the inner and outer layers of the double layered-beam wall.
The window in the vicinity of the deceased is fitted with a sliding shutter, so that too bright light might be shut out. Solo se necesitan unos pocos pasos para permanecer protegido de las miradas no deseadas desde el exterior. Las ventanas son un gesto espacial que vincula el interior y el exterior, y un medio para conectar las capas interna y externa de la pared de doble capa. The building was constructed with a virtuosity that is nonetheless serviceable and quasi pragmatic.
One can marvel at how the outer wall is hinged onto the inner wall: a means of surmounting the difficult problem — caused by the severe slope of the site — of building walls of different heights; or at how, on the upper storey, a considerable span width was bridged by suspending it from the double girder concealed in the roof construction.
This is unimportant however. The construction design is not intrusive. It remains in the background. Sin embargo, esto no es importante. Permanece en el fondo. The community mortuary building has two entrances, one leading in from the cemetery and one from the village.
It is important to Gion Caminada that people can choose which way they enter the building. The catafalque is not a fixed permanent feature, as the building is intended to serve other purposes than taking leave of the deceased: a chamber concert, a reading, or simply afternoon coffee and cake, for example.
The building, a parlour for the village, allows for all of this. As do death and mourning. El edificio mortuorio de la comunidad tiene dos entradas, una que conduce desde el cementerio y otra desde el pueblo. Como lo hacen la muerte y el luto. Article written by Hidden Architecture.
Your email address will not be published. Journal Atlas. About Manifesto Series Community Illustrations. Stiva da Morts Vrin, Switzerland. Traditional burial rites that included viewing the deceased in his or her own home are steadily disappearing. The community mortuary building offers a special place for the rites of transition that occur before the funeral itself, one that symbolically, physically and in terms of its ambiance lies somewhere between the everyday life of a village and the sacral grounds of a church and cemetery. In fact, the community mortuary building is located next to the cemetery and is oriented to it, yet is still clearly outside of it.
The multi-purpose hall in Vrin, which is considered one of the most famous works of the local architect Gion A. In the s and s several renewals and extensions of schools were created in many remote villages of the Grisons. The multi-purpose hall in Vrin is not the only case in which the architect was able to achieve national recognition by such a renewal. The first classrooms in the remote village of Vrin were built in and — The schoolhouse, which was also later renovated by Gion A.
One architect's Swiss village revival in retrospect
Gion Caminada proposed three theses for the maintenance and extension of potentially viable agricultural production modes, which have remained unchanged since completion of his inventory and report in These make clear that the architectural design of individual stables is not enough; certain rules and regulations regarding comprehensive urban planning must also be established and consistently enforced. The first thesis asserts that possibilities for the construction of additional stables and commercial buildings within the architectural ensemble at the hear of a village must be sought and used in order to attain the desired level of settlement density. It emphatically states that construction planned for these areas must be integrated into existing architectural stock, which implies that special attention must be paid to certain existing squares, junctions and settlement patterns. It is planned to locate them at the lower end of these densely built areas in order to make them less visible from elevated points such as the high road. There is only one limitation in this regard, namely that a commercial venture can acquire a building lot here only when it has proved impossible to find a suitable location in any of the district centres.