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andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy


a new space for silence and meditation

 

andrea dragoni designed a series of travertine volumes for the extension of an existing cemetery in gubbio—a medieval town in central italy. the blocks are arranged in a straight line to echo the linear arrangement of the historic town and its surrounding landscapes. 

 

to give the new architecture spatial rhythm, the stone volumes are divided by courtyards with large square openings inspired by james turrell‘s skyspaces. called ‘squares of silence’, these apertures frame the sky to create a place where people can pause and reflect, independent from the cemetery. 

 

‘the sky thus framed opens the mind to the reign of the invisible, allowing sight and thought to abandon mother earth’s gravity and acquire a more aerial and spiritual dimension,’ says the italian architect.


images by alessandra chemollo

 

 

the courtyards with square windows to the sky are further enlivened by site-specific artworks created by italian artists sauro cardinali and nicola renzi. the artists collaborated with andrea dragoni from the beginning of the project to create pieces that are closely linked to the architecture. with this new contemplative building and these permanent artworks, the project not only provides additional space for gubbio cemetery but also gives inhabitants of the town a place to pause and reflect.

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
the cemetery extension has a linear arrangement to echo the old town

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
the walls are made from travertine stone

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
the spaces offer privacy and reflection

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
an inclined wall creates rhythm

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
one of the ‘squares of silence’ with site-specific artwork

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy
the permanent artworks were created by sauro cardinali and nicola renzi

 

 

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andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

andrea dragoni completes contemplative cemetery extension in italy

 

project info:

 

name: extension of gubbio cemetery

location: via del crocifisso, gubbio, italy

client: comune di gubbio
architecture: andrea dragoni with francesco pes

collaborators: andrea moscetti castellani, giorgio bettelli, michela donini, raul cambiotti, antonio ragnacci, cristian cretaro, matteo scoccia

site-specific artwork: sauro cardinali, nicola renzi

structural design: giuseppe artegiani, marco bacchi

plants design: italprogetti (moreno dorillo, elvisio regni)

safety coordination: claudio pannacci

director of works: francesco pes, paolo bottegoni

maquette: giuseppe fioroni

surface area: 4,035 sqm
construction area: 1,800 sqm
overall volume: 6,000 mc

design: 2004-2005
execution: 2005-2011

photography: alessandra chemollo



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