Planned as an isolated structure in a residential area, the Grissal flamed granite building faces inward towards an illuminated courtyard.
Visitors enter the building through the 6 feet wide, 30 feet tall triangular wooden door, and proceed along a sombre tunnel, of the same shape, to arrive at the double height granite Hall.
A project of this nature must encourage introspection and peaceful visual harmony through a discrete use of materials and lighting.
The only furniture in the building is a floating bench, surrounding the central room, made of the same wood used in the building. The bench also serves to hide the air conditioning, speakers, and recessed lighting. The only other "ornaments" are the lights and shadows playing on the granite volumes.
This was a project with very strong emotional implications. To
create a space with a spiritual mood the architects looked at
ancient buildings, like the Egyptian "Mastabas" or Mayan buildings
in Palenque, that were designed for this purpose. They were also
guided by several groups of Rabies as religious rules and buildings
codes in the Jewish Religion are very strict for this kind of
Facts about Mourning House
Carlos Pascal & Gerard Pascal
Arch. Rafael Salame
Comunidad Monte Sinai
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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