Tokyo Vertical Cemetery
Architects: Gaetano Giardano, Emanuela Cammarata and Eleonora Gelardi Tokyo Vertical Cemetery competition:
The way the vertical cemetery presents itself differs greatly from the stereotypical compact texture of Shinjuku, in contrast it presents a totem for the city of Tokyo: a volcano. Detached from the land of the real of the living through a solid base, which accomodates the earthly activities, it becomes ethereal and impalpable thanks to the tensile structure to guard those who have gone on their last journey. They will find their eternal place in a turriform colombarium anchored in the ground reaching for the sky. Borrowing the geometrical organization and sustainable forms of a beehive, hexagonal urns will be transported to the memorial halls by a swarm of drones, thus inducing a new interactive practice in the commemoration of our deceased.
Once the visitor will insert his own member card in a special placement inside one of the reflection spaces, a drone will be sent to take the urn of his dead loved one. The urn will be placed inside the chosen reflection space.
Bees know it best: the hexagon is the most sustainable form to cover a plane without gaps. In fact, the hexagon guarantees the best area to perimeter ratio when compared to squares or triangles with the same length edge. We have therefore chosen this form for the urns, thus decreasing the material used without giving up a size that ensures dignity at the eternal rest of the deceased.