Mortuary Chapel | Capela Mortuária

Freamunde / Portugal / 2009

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The extension of life through architecture This project answers to a private order for the construction of a family tomb, like the small characteristic mausoleums typical from the Portuguese cemeteries. The construction assumes the traditional volumetric silhouette (rectangular plan and gable roof), but contraries the tradition in what concerns the lighting and symbolic decoration used by this kind of typology. Supported by a mixed constructive system of metallic and stonework (marble) structures, it frees the main and back facades from its traditional structural functions, transforming them in two manufactured stained glass panels, composed by mosaics in four different shades of blue. The iconography refers to Christian elements of personal preference of the honored and patriarch of the family, including the design of the door with stylized olive branches, the altar consecration to Our Lady of Fátima (sculptured by the Portuguese artist Martinho Mendes), the Cross which cuts the tombstone floor as a symbol of Christian faith and the introduction of a flower box at the altar beside the large stained glass windows. O prolongamento da vida pela arquitectura. O projecto dá resposta a uma encomenda privada para construção de um jazigo de família à semelhança dos pequenos mausoléus característicos dos cemitérios portugueses. A construção desenhada assume a volumetria e silhueta tradicionais (planta rectangular e telhado em duas águas) mas contraria a tradição no que respeita ao tratamento da luz e decoração simbólica usada em tipologias com as mesmas características. Apoiada num sistema construtivo misto de estrutura metálica em ferro metalizado e alvenaria de pedra (mármore), liberta as fachadas principal e posterior das suas funções estruturais tradicionais transformando-as em dois panos de vitral manufacturado em forma de mosaico com quatro tonalidades de azul diferentes. A iconografia remete para elementos cristãos de preferência pessoal do homenageado e patriarca da família, nomeadamente o desenho da porta a partir de ramos de oliveira, a consagração do altar a Nossa Senhora de Fátima (esculpida por Martinho Mendes), a cruz recortada na pedra tumular como símbolo de fé cristã, a introdução de uma floreira natural junto ao altar e os dois grandes vitrais.
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    The extension of life through architecture This project answers to a private order for the construction of a family tomb, like the small characteristic mausoleums typical from the Portuguese cemeteries. The construction assumes the traditional volumetric silhouette (rectangular plan and gable roof), but contraries the tradition in what concerns the lighting and symbolic decoration used by this kind of typology. Supported by a mixed constructive system of metallic and stonework (marble)...

    Project details
    • Year 2009
    • Client Maria Celina Barros
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Cemeteries and cemetery chapels
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