Mourning House, by the Mexico city based architect Pascal Arquitectos. Due to its location in residential area, Mourning House is planned to be isolated from surroundings with an internal courtyard provided. Architect wanted to create a spiritual sense to the building, by having a high and narrow triangular entrance for the project. Visitor will experience from a darkening entrance space to a double volume hall lluminated by the northern light.
+ Architect’s statement provided by Pascal Arquitectos
This is a project with very strong emotional implications. We had to understand the mood of the user, who at such this moment would not care very much for an aesthetic analysis of any place, but at the same time we wanted to create a space that can create a spiritual mood, for this we referred to ancient buildings that were designed for this purpose, as the Egiptian “Mastabas” or some Mayan buildings in Palenque.
Religious rules and buildings codes in the Jewish Religion are very strict for this kind of places, and we were guided by several groups of Rabbies for this matter.
A project of this nature must encourage introspection and peaceful visual harmony through a discrete use of materials and lighting. The construction is located in a residential area and being planned as an isolated construction from the surroundings, an indoor illuminated yard was built. The building façade is completely covered by Grissal flamed granite.
The building welcomes the visitor with a 6´4” wide and 30´ high triangular shaped wooden door which leads to an access tunnel in the same shape, creating a solemn atmosphere as you enter. This darkening experience at the entrance ends when the hallway opens to a large, double height granite hall illuminated by the northern light coming from the indoor courtyard with a tall Dracaena at the center and a symbolical abstract sculpture by artist Saul Kaminer as the only artwork piece for decoration.
+ Project credits
Architectural Project: Pascal Arquitectos, Carlos Pascal & Gerard Pascal
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Construction: Arch. Rafael Salame
Project Date: 2006
Area: 262 m2
Address: Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City
Photographer: Víctor Benítez
Drawing courtesy Pascal Arquitectos