Igualada Cemetery Background (02:19)
In 1985, the city set aside a parcel for a new park and cemetery. Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos won the design competition.
Igualada Cemetery Concept (01:22)
Miralles and Pinos wanted to return bodies to the earth. Their design buried niche boxes in concrete facades.
Igualada Cemetery Design (02:07)
A pathway leads between niches built into concrete facades leaning at parallel angles.
Budget Constraints (01:49)
Family vaults are placed in gabions and empty concrete slabs lie in a cul-de-sac. The "Z" shaped niche pathway is cut short.
Niche Design (01:25)
View Miralles' construction photos. Hear niche dimensions and learn about decomposition standards.
Niche Details (02:59)
Learn about the facade's visual effects. The architects planned rusted metal tablets, but families chose marble.
Communal Grave (01:32)
View a prefabricated facade next to niches. The architects located the communal grave centrally, under a cast iron plate.
Landscape Architecture (00:57)
Hear Miralles' reflections on dedicating the Igualada Cemetery to tree growth.
Igualada Cemetery "River" (01:22)
The architects created a walkway of railway sleepers and concrete to help visitors in the bereavement process.
Inspired by Ruins (00:56)
Igualada Cemetery architecture seems to dissolve into the earth. Hear Pinos' reflections on nature reclaiming the built environment.
Visual Design Technique (01:12)
Construction continued after Pinos and Miralles separated in 1990. Miralles continued photographing progress and cut up images as notes.
Chapel and Autopsy Lab (01:25)
The double function building lies behind a concrete facade. View curving glass walls in the autopsy lab.
Chapel Design (03:01)
The Igualada Cemetery chapel and autopsy lab are underground. View the unfinished chapel, with geometric concrete ceiling incisions providing light—inspired by Le Corbusier.
Igualada Cemetery Land Art (01:10)
Invisible under a vegetable roof, the chapel blends into the countryside. Miralles compared his projects to ongoing conversations.
Igualada Cemetery Intention (01:21)
Miralles died in 2000 and is buried at Igualada. He and Pinos envisioned the project as dissolving into the countryside—like its inhabitants.
Credits: The Igualada Cemetery: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:29)
Credits: The Igualada Cemetery: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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