Mortuary in the Field of Cartagena / Martín Lejarraga

Maintain continuity while having its own personality

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非常感谢Martín Lejarraga将以下内容授权gooood发行。
Appreciation towards Martín Lejarraga for providing the following description:


曾经Martín Lejarraga还给gooood分享过:
Development of Cruise Terminal  复调魅力
Conjunto Escénico 一隅的风景塔——混凝土折纸鸟
House for a Nomad Collector 收藏家的移动屋


The commission of the Mortuary project starts with the location and management of a plot to raise the building. The property, an insurances company of local and regional scope, wanted to strengthen its customer base with this kind of facility in the area in which it concentrates his operations: the North of Cartagena, between the towns of ‘La Palma’ and ‘Pozo Estrecho’, in the surroundings of the Field of Cartagena and the ‘Mar Menor’ sea.






That was how everything started and how I learned the first lesson of work: nobody wants a mortuary in their neighbourhood. After many attempts to purchase available plots at different locations, in a drift that progressively and inexorably leads us away from the nearest and accessible places, we just finished in the industrial park.



There, we selected an interesting plot: well proportioned and oriented, and strategically located, open to the general parking area and green zone of the industrial park, in which we could hardly distinguish small artificial stone benches and some scattered cypresses, that no one had noticed, but they add land value to us.



The second lesson was to identify and interpret the location codes, an industrial site made of constructions,  that  despite  their  different  condition  and  activity  scale  -production,  exhibition, storage, commercial, etc.-, had some common patterns that gave the whole a strange and complex discrete continuity.



We had the third lesson learned in advance, fit the budget to the limit of viability. With this objective, we adjusted the building functional scheme to minimize it, with the consequent surfaces reduction and the achievement of an accurate and abstract construction.



Inside the building, the continuity provided by the white colour and natural light in its different orientations is qualified by the different size and proportion of successive spaces and textures of the materials that define them.

Designing and constructing all the furniture in the chapel, was more than a lesson a double challenge: to design, in addition to a bench, the set of pieces that form the symbolic and functional,elements of the liturgy (the cross, the communion table, the lectern, etc.), and do it with a single system and material: pine wood plank, that in different combinations, allows us to solve an connect all parts of the room.

How to recognize the building in the distance against a backdrop of exotic signs was the last lesson: we support the sign on the top of the facade and cut it out against the sky, no doubt this was the best way to distinguish it from a distant point.

I bet Ed Ruscha himself would have liked it…


▲ 走廊。最大程度的保持功能单纯。确保一个抽象但是到位


▲ 不同反光度的白色与光线共同组成韵律空间


▲ 教堂


▲ 十字架,高窗,光滑的墙面,白色穿孔天花板


▲ 天空是圣洁白色的一部分


▲ 建筑师设计的家具:松木板柜子


▲ 建筑师设计的家具:松木板椅子


▲ 建筑师设计的家具:松木板桌子


▲ 家具是教堂中重要的组成部分




Situation ‘La Palma’ Industrial Park. 30593 Cartagena

Client Servicios Funerarios del Campo de Cartagena, S.L. Project 2007 – 2012 Built 2013

Builder Sanimar S.L. Architect Martín Lejarraga Technical Architect Manuel Moreno Structure Idee. Eduardo Díez Consultant José Aº Martínez Const. Manager Marco Carselle Photographer David Frutos

Plot Area 1.844,00 m2
Built Area 1.047,40 m2
Budget 550.000 € (VAT excluded)
525 €/m2

Structure Foundation: isolated slabs
Reinforced Concrete pillars 25 x 25 cm
Waffle slab 30 + 5 cm, recoverable coffers 80 x 80 cm
Cantilever, concrete slab 16-20 cm Walls Ceramic brick. Thickness 1 foot Façade
Mixed mortar, scraped finished
Interior Painted plasterboard, ceramic tiles 15 x 15 cm, lacquered wood, tinted wood
Floor Terrazzo micro grain 40 x 40 cm
Suspended Ceiling Plasterboard, thickness 13 mm
Ext. Framework Thermo-lacquered aluminium 20 microns
Glazing Double glazing 3+3/cavity 12/3+3 mm
Inner Woodwork Medium Density board. Stainless steel ironwork Curtains Textile:
cotton; metallic: aluminium links Furniture Pine wood plank 40 mm, tinted
Trees Grevillea robusta




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