Category: Exhibition Design + Interior Design
Title: Transitions - What can contemporary burial look like?
Name/s: Silvia Wilhelm
Medium, Object: Space Concept
University/s: Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
Supervision: Prof. Norbert Zenner
The basic idea of the concept is a combination of a columbarium, a crematorium and a space for memorial services in a decommissioned church in Trier. The new design of the church breaks with many norms which are socially imposed on us: Why is black the colour of mourning? Why must mourning take place in dark and hidden spaces and why are places where death occurs removed from our everyday experience? The design gives us a bold answer for this by changing what was previously black to white and by illuminating the darkness. The mourning processes and transitions in life are thus made visible, emphasised, ritualised and celebrated.
Mourning is a core social issue and today has taken its place in public consciousness more than ever. Silvia Wilhelm designs »Transitions« as a room-in-a-room cube, which she integrates in existing churches. A ramp as part of the room design is particularly impressive: Her accomplishment is physical mourning: an aesthetically coherent and sensible concept.