Cosmic Memorial

Celestial terrestrial (Felipe Molina)

Since ancient times the vast majority of civilizations around the world have linked their lives, culture and buildings around a cosmological idea of the existence. This is how the movement of celestial bodies in the firmament become of great importance, especially those like the sun whose presence mark beginnings and endings of cycles with those who take decisions of vital importance as times of planting and cultivating their food, rituals, etc. This project seeks from a contemporary vision with the aid of parametric software, connect again how buildings may be related to the idea of time, but specifically associated with light. Thus, the idea of a totally isolated light underground memorial that can operate under the same concept of the sundial is proposed, but taking light as a means to indicate the time instead of the cast shadow. In this way, sunbeams filter through the ceiling during short instants indicating the precise day of the year when some people died and who are thrown exactly on headstones with their names. To achieve this, modules of concrete are built and provided of a morphology that allows accurately capturing these cosmic events. These components or bricks are digitally calculated since the very beginning and then casted inside a box or formwork, whose mechanisms of rotation allows us to get a perforation with the exact direction of the sunbeams and capture the moment that we want. Finally, this proposal of memorial allows us to reflect the ongoing relationship that we each have with the cosmos and its phenomena.

Celestial Memorial

Celestial Memorial

The intention of the project was to fabricate a surface system that becomes emblematic of a ceremonial or monumental space. The aperture in each module aligns with the sun at a specific time of the year, matching the date and the time of the year when a certain individual passed away.  Sunlight shoots down the void of the module illuminating the designs carved in the rock representing and corresponding to the deceased individual.

The diameter of the aperture in each module allows for the light to shine through the roof for a period of four and a half minutes. The” design machine” and the memorial becomes in its own way a tribute to the astronomical and the celestial and as terrestrial beings, our celebration and embracement of it as a fascinating phenomenon.

The section shows the conceptual idea of using the cast blocks as a ground-scape or skylight system capable of telling time by taking advantage of the darkness inside a certain volumetric space and reflecting light on specific surfaces at specific times of the day.

The section shows the conceptual idea of using the cast blocks as a ground-scape or skylight system capable of telling time by taking advantage of the darkness inside a certain volumetric space and reflecting light on specific surfaces at specific times of the day.