96_Julia Cistelecan: The Mausoleum for The Lost at Sea

Julia Cistelecan

My name is Julia Cistelecan, I am a third year undergraduate Architecture student at the University of Greenwich, London. The following project is my second year project entitled The Mausoleum for The Lost at Sea.

The Mausoleum for The Lost at Sea

Inspired by Plato’s invented island of Atlantis that fell out of favour with the gods and famously submerged into the Atlantic Ocean, the Mausoleum for the lost at Sea taps into the naval history of Greenwich and investigates the idea of loss and memory.

The project starts with the design of a cenotaph, in memory to the lost city of Atlantis. Its deconstructed baroque language is derived from Atlantis’s many fictional interpretations. The memorial is placed carefully on Wren’s axis and, more potently, on the Meridian line. The memorial further evokes the passing of time as it was designed to project shadows as the sun passes around its spherical body.

As with the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, the Mausoleum for The Lost at Sea was designed to become the focus of remembrance for the Navy- especially for all the sailors that were lost at sea. The planning of the building is a series of choreographed spaces that were formulated to create a ceremony that ends with the congregation sailing out of the mausoleum to lay their memorial wreaths onto the Thames.

The architecture is also the home of forensic research and reconstruction for all ships and plans that have been lost at sea.