Location | Tokyo, Japan
Death & The City was a competition designing a Vertical Cemetery in one of the largest urban populaces; Tokyo. The intent in building Vertical Cemeteries is to address the issue of space in growing cities. Our inspirations came from traditional Buddhist methodologies and the ritual and rite of laying the deceased.
The traditional Buddhist ceremony of death involves a lengthy 49-day journey across the River Sanzu, a period of wandering souls and mourning. The ultimate goal is reaching Nirvana, an otherworld of nothingness and darkness in the truest sense of the words; an extinguishing of the flame, a freedom from rebirths. The Tokyo Vertical Cemetery [sic], enlists the power of this journey to create a somber, reflective and emotional response to the passing of our loved ones and our won journey here on earth.