New Funeral Home in Sant Joan Despí

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New Funeral Home in Sant Joan Despí
Corten steel columns alternate with floor-to-ceiling glass to bring stripes of light and shadow into this funeral home outside Barcelona by Spanish firm Batlle i Roig Arquitectes.
Located west of the city in the town of Sant Joan Despí, the stark concrete building nestles against a hillside and was designed by Batlle i Roig Arquitectes with a sloping grass roof that appears as an extension of the landscape. At the front of the building, this roof pitches back up again to frame a long and narrow facade, where columns are arranged in two rows with a glazed perpendicular entrance in between. "The steel pillars generate a light gradient, establishing visual filters and protecting the interior from the direct sunlight," explained the architects. The interior is divided into two sections that separate ceremonial activities from preparation areas. At the front, a succession of spaces lead guests from a spacious reception area into the main auditorium, then out via a private courtyard. Each of these spaces features an assortment of raw materials that include stone floors, concrete ceilings and timber wall panels, as well as the vertical Corten elements. Small plant-filled courtyards also intersperse the interiors and are surrounded by glazing to allow them to function as lightwells. "The materiality generated by the assortment of exposed structural element textures together with the natural light qualify and determine the atmospheres of each space, accompanying the visitors' mourning at every turn," added the architects.

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