Crematory Library

PennDesign 502
Individual Work


Instructer: Andrew Saunders (GSD)

Studio Selected Distinction

Defamiliarization is the technique of challenging the perception and recognition of something by changing the way it is presented. Then, it is a disruption of immediate recognition and automatization. This device can be applied to architecture in many ranges such as material, form, program, and context. Making architecture perform in a way that it usually does not. Under such circumstance, this strategy provide the possibility to "recycle" the waste space in city. Normally, cemetery needs huge place and gets barely visited. Therefore, in this case, by defamiliaring both the architectural form and auxiliary program, the crematory library brings people the chance to reduce the fear and have a different view of the dead body. Also, the Parkside site can be reactivate.