London-based industrial designer Sebastian Bergne has been announced as the winner of the competition to design a contemporary mausoleum
Bergne saw off competition from ten finalists including schemes by DSDHA, Ordinary Architecture and Tonkin Liu to win the Monumental Masonry competition.
Shaun Clarkson ID’s eponymous Mausoleum and Deathlab/LATENT’s Constellation Park were named as second and third prize winners respectively in the competition, which was intended to reignite interest in funerary architecture.
Entries included traditional classicist mausolea, brutalist vertical cemeteries, contemplative spaces, Lego monoliths, a giant tennis ball and a huge sock.
Bompas and Parr said they had also received two inverted pyramids, a neon sculpture, memorials dedicated to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and several entries designed to degrade over time.
The design studio shortlisted an initial 24 designs and these were whittled down to a final top ten by the judges which included Highgate Cemetary’s stonemason Neil Luxton, architect Sam Jacob, director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Abraham Thomas, and Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee.
The top ten schemes
- Ben Allen – Memorial to Lost Concentration
- Sebastian Bergne – Tomb of the Past
- Shaun Clarkson – Shaun Clarkson’s Mausoleum
- Deathlab/Latent – Constellation Park
- DSDHA – Monumentimals
- Marc Benjamin Drewes – Celebration of death
- Ordinary Architecture – The Tomb of the Unknown Draughtsman
- Paul M Jakulis – Wax Studies, A Tomb for a Nicrophorus Investigator
- Tonkin Liu – Face to Face: Sir John
- Nathan Webb – Immortality Mask
All of the ten finalists’ designs were 3D-printed and are now on display at the John Soane Museum alongside the 120 other entries.
The models have been auctioned raising more than £5,000 for the John Soane Museum and cancer care charity Maggie’s.
The exhibition of contemporary graveyard architecture runs until the 24 January 2015.
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