Crisa Santos Arquitetos created a memorial park for a cemetery in Brazil. Located at Jardim Angela in Southwest São Paulo, “Memorial Parque das Cerejeiras” totals an area of 74 acres. The large-scale project was designed to create a beautiful and peaceful space for people, individual or in groups, to mourn, reflect and relax while visiting the graves of their deceased loved ones.
“The objective of this project was to recreate a space of well-being and communion, combined with the need for a green area in the region,” explains Crisa Santos.“We wanted it to be pleasant and contemplative, offering visitors solace during difficult times and forming a comforting relationship with the architecture and design objects.”
The design included the landscape and the architectural structures around the park. The entrance is a parametric wooden structure that soars towards the heavens. Inside the park, symbolic structures for the cemeteries central purpose are showcased for use and viewing for visitors.
A plaza with curved steel plates that serve as a chronological metaphor of life. A wooden observation deck oriented towards the adjacent reservoir and the sunsets beyond.
An angular orchidarium with a vertical rainwater harvesting system. A timber chapel punctured with square windows. There are also public areas with a variety of benches, tables, and sculptures throughout the landscape.
The park combines elements of contemporary abstraction, geometric forms and exterior beautification in a cohesive design to serve both aesthetically and functionally.
The park is free of charge and visitors can leave the site at all hours of the day. To offer peace and comfort, the entirety of the design, both the cemetery and the park are designed to be as welcoming as possible.