Author: Kongshen Xia
Tutor: Kengo Skorick
Examiner: Jonas Lundberg
Professor: Ming Zhang
Chalmers University of Technology and Tongji University
Facing the rapidly aging problem, cities of high density find it difficult to spare enough land for burials. Establishment of new burial has expanded to the outskirts, and the sepultures become really expensive. Even though verticality has been applied to most building typologies since it could help to solve the spatial and economic problem, vertical cemetery might cause controversy.
The purpose of the project is to apply verticality into cemetery typology. Verticality provides opportunities to bring cemeteries back to the urban district. While urban cemetery makes it possible to mix city functions and encourage daily visits to the burial, which benefits people’s attitude towards life and death.
The project is developed with the periods of research and design. In the period of research, the proper scale of the columbarium room is discussed according to the field of view of human eyes. While the vertical structure is also developed, creating different spaces for various activities within the same structure system.
During the design period, the construction system (internode and branch) is based on the regulation of how bamboo grows. And the organization of vertical cemetery is supposed to be more organic and natural. It seems like a very open and public bamboo forest, where people can see the blue sky, enjoying the sunlight and fresh air.
The final design result is a proposal of urban vertical cemetery, providing enough memorial space for the citizens with a fair price and kind atmosphere. It is not only a place for the dead, but also a vertical park where daily life could happen.