bachelor of architectural studies
The scheme for a hope memorial on Hart island implements a ritualised procession, using cremation and new burial methods as a technique of architecturally responding to the rapid influx of deceased from Covid-19. The Mausoleum forms the foundations of a soundscape experience, the last opportunity for those interred to have a ‘voice’ and their memory be engrained as an architectural experience. The concept of the ‘keepsake’ is a prominent concept in the design of the mausoleum. The ashes of those interred, will be combined with resin to form the mallet for a set of singing bowls, embedded within the ground experience of the building. The name of the person being memorialised will be engraved into the base of the mallet and inserted into a rammed earth wall with holes in it, becoming an evolving memorial and grave space for those who lost their lives to Covid-19. If someone is recognised by family after cremation, the mallet can be removed from the wall and taken away as a ‘keepsake’, eventually creating openings in the wall. As an open space, the mausoleum is exposed to the elements, similar to the experience those interred would’ve felt as abandoned victims of communism. The mirror, as a central component of the space is angled to discreetly separate the singing bowl and keepsake spaces, but also reflects the views of Manhattan and Queens, acting as a reminder of where those interred came from.