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ARCHIUM : LIBRARY OF ASHES

 

CREMATORIAL SPACE DESIGN
THAT REFLECTS OUR EMOTIONAL JOURNEY
OF LOSING A LOVED ONE

 
 
 

ARCHIUM : THE LIBRARY OF ASHES

The loss of a loved one is a scar that lingers long after the ceremony.
But because of the neglected and overcrowded state of places where the deceased rest,
it hinders bereaved ones from embracing pain and come to terms.

Archium is a place that allows you to ponder about life and death,
explore through emotions without woes and hindrances-
drenched with spiritual, symbolic and awe-ful ambiance.

 
 
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" Whether in the cemetery or in the private garden, the monument should not be the sumptuous and arrogant mausoleum of the wealthy as under the ancient regime but rather a humble memorial doubly expressive of republican simplicity and heartfelt tenderness "


Richard A. Etlin
"The Architecture of Death"

 
 

As the world grows, burial spaces shrink.
Countries stated above are in most extreme case.
With current death rate with no solution for burial spaces,
not only those countries, but the world will be 

 
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" … we have cemeteries of over 100 acres in London, but the way we use the space is NOT SUSTAINABLE … "

Dr Julie Rugg
University of York’s Cemetery Research Group

" … there is a looming problem in many parts of the world over what to do with dead bodies, as pressure on BURIAL SPACE INTENSIFIES … "

“ The world is running out of burial space ”
BBC News

" ... Burial is becoming more and more of a NICHE PRODUCT or market ... The burial issue is not just about economics … "

Dr John Troyer
University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society

 
 

THEREFORE, CREMATION IS EMERGING

The chart below shows the cremation and interment rate from past, current and future in different areas.

 
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INTERNATIONAL

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA

 
 
 

Every day, every hour, every second.. people comes and goes.
Birth is the most beautiful and miraculous mystery.
Yet, death is the most fearful and unsettling mystery.

 
 

EMOTIONAL JOURNEY

It is definitely great sorrow to lose a loved one.
The funeral of deceased one is the time
that brings strangers all together, share the emotion.
It is the place where we all gather, and cope together.

 
 

TWO LOCATIONS

Archium is located at Point Dume State Beach, Malibu, California.
With the goal to make the burial spaces not so eerie place but a destination,
Point Dume has incredible scenery along with nature, and it is never too far nor too close to the city.

 

ARCHIUM : ARRIVAL is right off of PCH & Kanan Dume road, giving easier access to the public. Itconsists of parking, chapel, crematorium, and sub programs along with a flower shop.

ARCHIUM : COLUMBARIUM is 5 minute drive, 30 minute walk from ARRIVAL location. It is closer to the coast, and this is the main area for storing the ash library and revisiting.

 
 

ARCHIUM : ARRIVAL

ARCHIUM : COLUMBARIUM

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THE LIBRARY OF ASHES

Ash Cube is the mixture compound of cremation ash and concrete.
It's stored in the columbarium, and they stay twinkling,
until they get picked up, as if they are telling us that they've been waiting.

Once the cube is out of the shelves, it will stay on.
It's representation of opening conversation to the soul,
welcoming the revisits, and guiding path through Point Dume.

 

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