Enric Miralles, Igualada Cementary






Enric Miralles Blog Post

The Igualada Cemetary was designed and constructed by Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós. Located near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  Miralles did not just want to make a traditional design.  He wanted to investigate poetic ideas of the past, the present, and the future.  The intention for the design was to be closer to the still alive rather than the dead. They wanted the mourners and visitors to understand the issues of the cycles of life and transformation.  Igualada Cemetary was visualized as the earthwork that changes the surrounding of the landscape.  A procession starts at the entrance towards the cemetery, with rusting poles that cross into different frames.  By doing this he leads the visitors pathway towards the burial area.  The path has repeatable concrete loculi that are shaped into retaining walls, and floor paths into cement surfaces. The cemetery is literally sunken down into the ground, creating an uncertainty landscape ends and building begins.  The design is able to merge into the groundwork without simply becoming a different layer of the ground. The landscape design would be the ‘city of the dead,’ and in between place bringing there loved ones closer together.  Because of the space in the landscape their minds would provoke thoughts and memories.  The architects used repetition, transformation, figure and ground in expansion in their concepts of the Igualada Cemetery. It was designed to provide stillness in a place where one can pay its respect to the dead.  It also provides multiple ways of viewing and using the architecture.  The Igualada Cemetary was built for the dead, yet it is not a dead cite and is continues to be used.










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