San Michele Cemetery ExtensionEdit profile
The San Michele Cemetery, Venice's principal cemetery, is located on an island between Venice and Murano. The project is the development and extension of the island. This historic site, enclosing a 15th century church and convent, has been in continuous development for over 400 years but has recently evolved to a point where the romantic image of its outer face is in contrast to its interior municipal character. In order to address this obvious imbalance, the proposal seeks to redefine some of the cemetery's original physical qualities.
In the 1st phase the current burial grounds are complemented by the construction of a series of new courtyards and a chapel. The first courtyard is a prototype and opened to the public in September 2007. It's called “the courtyard of the four Evangelists”: basalt-clad walls and pavements with inlaid text from the four Evangelists’ gospels and a black exposed concrete colonnade. The second phase is the construction of a new island, parallel to the existing cemetery but separated by a canal. It will feature tomb buildings, conceived as simple sculpted blocks, together with a series of gardens at water level. Unlike the remainder of San Michele, which is higher above the water line and surrounded by a wall, this new island seeks to create a more open, accessible monument providing a greater sense of place and context within the lagoon.
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