Cemetary and recreational area
Michael Droob, Laust Sørensen, Høgni Hansen, Chris Thompson
Järva is a recreational area north of Stockholm city center. Stockholm wants the area converted into a cemetery while maintaining the recreational value. A process they imagine to run for more than 100 years.
Inside the area a start is established as a large landscape feature, an open gate that pulls the sky down to earth in a landscape that is open to all. The gate is marked by a cross at the foot of the hill, which locks the hill to the landscape surface.
In the direction of the gate a grid is laid out to organize the possible graves. The existing resistors of the landscape is taken into account; cliffs, ancient discoveries, hills and wetlands. The recreational activities are also taken into account; Frisbee golf, cross country skiing and communal kitchen gardens.
These spaces provide a quality to the area. Therefore, parts can be preserved and some even expanded or new added over time in an ongoing negotiation between the sacral and recreational spaces. In this way, the area can continue to tell stories of people who are not more, in a place that still bears witness to a life lived
The Granholm peak is situated in the open landscape.
The gate is marked by a cross at the foot of the hill,
which locks the hill to the surface of the landscape.
The basis of an agreement between the sacred and the recreational space is founded.
Roads, paths and shortcuts are created, based on the features of the landscape.
The foundation shows how to create a strong starting point
and how to negotiate between the sacred and recreational space.
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The Area is part of a green stretch that runs from the city center of Stockholm.
Connections are made between the sacred and the recreational space and the towns
The gate marks the difference between the horizontal and the vertical space.
when grave districts are placed in the area a link between the sacred and recreational spaces are created.
In the direction of the gate a grid is laid out to organize the possible graves.
Ancient relics, and hills are the existing resistors of the landscape, these will be preserved.
Where the grid is not interrupted by the existing resistors, the opportunity for laying out graves is clear.
By filing up the wetlands the grave area can expand over time.
The small hills offers variations to the landscape. which makes it easier to navigate.
The strong horizontal spaces of the plateaus are creating spatial separations in the landscape.
The relations and qualities between open and closed spaces are articulated.
The gorges creates strong vertical spaces that conveys a transition between various spaces.
Shortcuts are laid out across of the curvature of the landscape.
the layout of roads and paths are determined by the curvature of the landscape.
The Ceremony building is built in oak and has a capacity of up to 500 guests.
The building is made of oak with roofing in shingles.