Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas

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The Tanatorium frames very important feelings of its users through the evocation of God and the cavern. An steriotomic architecture formed by a perforated enveloping is born from earth to protect humans when they say goodbye to their deceased people. Though a formal gesture, this concrete cavern opens in diagonal direction to the sun, worshipping this primitive god.

001-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (1)

002-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (2)


The site is a pine wood on the outskirts of a little town, the building is placed in its southern limit to define a new urban edge with a monumental architectural character. The public access is on the west side at the end of a pedestrian path coming from the urban area and leading into a hall space oriented South that articulates circulations to funeral parlors and restrooms.

▽入口,the entrance

004-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (4)

▽大厅,the hall

014-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (14)

015-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (15)


Thoughout an exterior metalic louvers filter the sunlight draws inside with its projected outlines and recreates the feeling of time passing by into a visual level, which marks the cyclic movement of shadows. The louver pattern has been designed to create shadows in summer and allows the sunlight to come in winter to collaborate in the building energetic performance.

020-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (20)

019-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (19)


The materiality of the building is white concrete, finished in several superficial treatments, galvanized and prelaquered steel corten, transparent and translucent glass, ceramic tiles and gypsum cast finished white.

005-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (5)    008-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (8)

▽夜景,night view

011-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (11)

012-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (12)




024-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (24)


025-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (25)


027-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (27)

△东立面,east section


026-Tanatorium by Juan Carlos Salas (26)

△西立面,west section

建筑设计:Juan Carlos Salas
设计师:David Leciñena
建造工程:Javier Muñoz, Sergio Calle
结构工程:Jose Miguel Escosa
平面设计:Bogart & Bacall
项目经理:Ignacio Villalba
面积:196 ㎡
造价:230.838,02 €

Architect: Juan Carlos Salas
Designer: David Leciñena
Building Engineers: Javier Muñoz, Sergio Calle
Strucutural Engineer: Jose Miguel Escosa
Graphic Design: Bogart & Bacall
Photos: Diaporama
Project Manager: Ignacio Villalba
General Contractor: SOLCEQ
Area: 196 ㎡
Cost: 230.838,02 €

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