This is my D10 Thesis project, the capstone of the my 5 year B. Arch design studios.
Illuminismo is a cemetery addition to San Michele. San Michele is an existing cemetery island off of Venice, Italy where all the Venetians are buried/entombed/cremated. The wall offers a journey to visitors that offers chances to reflect, strengthen and inspire users, and ultimately find peace and acceptance. The utilization of light, its properties, how it interacts with space and materials, how it is placed, and how it is ultimately manipulated using influences of water and landscape intervention as a main actor upon this journey will help guide people along their healing process after losing a loved one.
Though people are all unique and have unique experiences, it is statistically proven that a majority of people will tend to feel similar reactions to a space; hence lighting, water, and landscape gestures can be used to provide a sense/reaction for most people. This will be explored and implemented through the procession of a visitor; beginning at the secondary entrance to our cemetery addition, continuing through the Universal Ceremonial Space and throughout both group and individual meditative spaces. This will initiate the process of healing, peace, and enlightenment after losing a loved one providing light variations that allow a person to grieve or celebrate one’s passing whether in a group setting or an individual setting.
The meditative spaces on the ‘deceased side’ will use those three major design influences to evoke mourning, celebration, remembrance, and uplifting moments to provide the start of the journey. Upon visitation a person will experience meditative spaces that provide a more personal reflection, leading them to remember lost loved ones and reflect and meditate on how this impacts their life, or their perception of life.