bachelor of architectural studies
I approached this brief by looking at the history of the site. Developing a connection to those that were buried during the AIDS pandemic drove the final design for not just the structures proposed but also the approach to the landscaping. The use of water throughout the site creates a connection from buildings placed from one end to the other allowing the structures to become one entity rather than them being separate and segregated on the site. This artery of water that runs through the site represents a physical as well as emotional connection of reflection and mourning for both the AIDS Memory Mausoleum and the COVID Memory Mausoleum.
The idea of focusing on the ecology of the site was also a massive part of my research into how we pragmatically approach the deceased. I did vast research on mycelium coffins and what it would take to be able to allow the process to be completed on site. This process protects the integrity of the original site, enhancing what is already embedded on this location and its history, instead of creating something that was new and unrooted.
With the approach of the existing structures on the site, many have fallen into ruin and have completed their ‘lifecycle’. Therefore, the materials from these buildings that can be recovered are proposed to be utilized in the proposed structures such as the bricks and timber which can be found in small elements throughout all designs.
This is Renewal.