Pyramid General Cemetery for London


19th century designs for the construction of a pharaonic mausoleum upon Primrose Hill, in North London, proposed by Thomas Willson of the Pyramid General Cemetery Company; image from the book Necropolis: London and Its Dead, by Catharine Arnold. As the author describes:

 Constructed from brick, with granite facing, the plans comprised a chapel, office, quarters for the Keeper, Clerk, Sexton and Superintendent, four entrances and a central ventilation shaft. A series of sloping paths would allow bodies to be moved. Each catacomb took up to twenty-four coffins and could be sealed up after all interments had been completed. Resembling a beehive, it would be a thing of awe and wonder to all who saw it(…) At an estimated cost of £2,500, this massive mausoleum, higher than St. Paul’s, would contain five million Londoners.

Fearther exploration here, here and there

Vertical Necropolis / Annkit Kummar

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Proposal for a Vertical Necropolis in Delhi, India, designed by architect Annkit Kummar.

The project aim to provide a “substantial amount of ground space for the living and ..create a space where diverse groups can feel comfortable grieving together.”

via world architecture

Check out the hypothetic Euthanasia Coaster by Julijonas Urbonas here

from time to eternity

Illustration for Einstein Tomb  by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules”  New York Times. August 25, 2008.

R.I.P. Mr Woods

rest in duck

Ducks @the first cemetery of Athens, photographed by Spacie. Check his blog, here.

rest in style

Black granite tombstone for Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson’s grave, collaboratively designed by Wilson’s long-term associates. Found here.

as you fade

Installation by Eric Larsson.