Tan Mausoleum

How can physical materials reflect the immateriality and ephemerality of life?

Manila, Philippines
Design Development

For this mausoleum, we treated materials in a way that makes the building appear insubstantial, testing the boundary of the materiality and immateriality. The glass enclosure of the building is treated with a cloudy substrate that fades from opaque to transparent. The volume is lifted off the ground, and accessed through a broken stone. Inside, a fragmented stone ceiling appears to float above the space, lending the mausoleum a sense of both weight and fragility.

  • SIZE: 968.75 SQF
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Jin Yuan, Alden Ching