funeral parlour

Kufstein, Austria

The design strategy for this project was an investigation into spatial connections between man and environment, creating an egg shaped space dissolving materiality from inside to outside by multiple layers, structural diffusion and optical distorsion. The design criteria, inside and outside, subtlety and imperfection were used in the development of this multilayered structure of a shell with suspended membrane as building skin. Therefore an irregular shel from short members was greated, whos order can not be followed visually. By this seemingly missing order the spacial barrier of the shell is less rigid. This effect is enhanced by the membrane suspended from the structure. Like in a multilayered baroque church the spacial barrier between inside and outside is diffused. The shadowplay of the gridshell is dirstorted on the membrane which adds to the imperfection of the structural perception.