The columbarium for the gothic city church of Schwabach near Nuremberg is designed as a unique resting place for the beloved and deceased. Amongst 8 entries for a design competition in 2017, the proposal for the design was granted the 1st prize.
The concept envisions a suspended installation of cell-shaped urn compartments in which the deceased symbolically float in light. While every person has their uniquely shaped compartment, the organic arrangement aims to communicate the bond with their family members and befriended neighbours, resting amongst them.
From the first sketch until the construction planning of the bespoke cell wall, parametric modelling tools allow an interactive design of the cell arrangement. This process is added by check algorithmns that guarantee the fit of two urns in one compartment.
The cells are constructed of 26 mm multilayered oak boards mounted onto a light-coloured metal substructure, precisely planned from the first impressions with 3D laser scanning through to manufacturing by laser cutting and CNC milling.
Status: Construction Documents, Completion Summer 2019
Topic: Bespoke Geometry
Client: Gemeinde Schwabach/Empfangshalle
Location: St. Johannes and St. Martin Stadtkirche Schwabach near Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Size: 7 x 3,5 x 0,4-0,9 m Length/Height/Depth
Production/Material: CNC Milling and Laser Cutting, Multilayer oak board, Metal substructure