Panteón Nube by Clavel Arquitectos


Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

The zig-zagging doors of this mausoleum in Murcia by Spanish studio Clavel Arquitectos can only be opened in one specific order.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

The Panteón Nube tomb is contained within a faceted shell, which is revealed when the doors are rotated open.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

Daylight glows through a translucent rear wall of onyx, against which a marble staircase winds upwards.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

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Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

Photography is by David Frutos Ruiz - see more images of this project here.

Here are some more details from the architects:

“Panteón Nube” in Espinardo, Murcia, Spain.

In this project we worked with two images.

The first one was the medieval unfoldable boards, which used to work as removable façades or altarpieces, and now get remade in the zigzag façade. Death inspires human beings with something between mystery and fear. To die means a transition between this world and others that nobody knows. The tomb is where this transition takes place.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

According to this situation, tombs should be closed forever, and their doors should never be opened. It should be impossible to open them, even if you want, so there are no handles or locks. The doors insert themselves in the walls, merging together. Therefore, the entrances are secret, just like the transits that occur inside. In fact, the façade can be only opened in a specific way, almost a combination that only the owner knows.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

Inside we find a cloud that gets crossed by sunbeams: an atmospheric situation that can be found in the nature and that, linked to our cultural references of the Divine, stimulate our spiritual side. That moment gets crystallised in the abstraction of the white cloud, the end of a way that, starting from the basement ascends to the intermediate platform and goes on until the cloud’s space, where our sight gets lost in the abstract and unreal atmosphere that fills the place.

Panteon Nube by Clavel Arquitectos

Architect: Manuel Clavel Rojo
Collaborators: Robin Harloff, Mauricio Méndez, David Hernández
Construction: July 2010 – September 2010
Construction Company: INTERSA

  • Xijin

    I''d like to live in here alive!

  • Helen – Australia

    Wow…the detailing of the stone work is amazing. I would love to see the section thru the Onyx wall. Creative, yet appriate and timeless.

  • noami

    like the Origami………

  • Hercule Poirot

    Pantheon : a place for all Gods to rest. Who is so vain to build such a outrageous tomb without any respect for his future neighbours ? Making a puzzle of the opening of it, how far can you go in stupidity…

  • Doug C

    Let me guess Hercule, Classicist? His neighbors are dead. The tomb is no taller than the others and preserves some of the form of the adjacent tombs peaked roofs as well as being inventive and interesting on the outside and inside. I give them credit for being so daring, you can live in your time machine if you like but I prefer this.

    • Hercule Poirot

      Not at all, Doug. Just a furniture designer. The point is that this architecture tends to confirm or even accentuate social (or intelectual) differences even in a cemetery. We are supposed to be equal at that final point, no? His neighbours are dead, you say. So is he. I guess he or his family wanted something to be remembered for.

    • Hercule Poirot

      (By the way : it's more than twice as big as the neighbours.)
      I can appreciate contemporary funerary buildings. Just check Pedro Dias here on Dezeen. Seems a little bit more human scale to me. But of course it's not a Pantheon, just a family tomb…

  • design for sex

    Wow…very impressive approach to the doors on the facade

  • Mario De Vries

    Wonderfull, absolutely wonderfull. The use of light is well done:)

  • salient

    @Hercule – You've just taken stupidty, in so far as your comment is concerned, to new heights, so yes – it can go far…further than that which you deem vain and outrageous

    • Hercule Poirot

      In my opinion making a puzzle of the doors and calling this construction a Pantheon is a joke. You can have a different opinion of course. But explain me what is the necessity of it except to profile yourself as … As what? The most artistic of the cemetery? The most tasteful of the graveyard? What's next : an extreme make-over of the adjacent graves ? Sponsored by Domus ?

      • martini-girl

        Hercule – I don't understand your objection to this submission.

        Asking why the 'necessity' of it is a bit like asking why the necessity of architecture in housing.

        People commission architects to design houses because they want to live in something unique. Why is this any different?

        • Hercule Poirot

          "The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention." (Plato)
          Using 'necessity' I meant that I don't see any reason in this context to develop formal or intelectual games in what should be a place of silence and reflection. The optical violence of this construction does not show much respect for inhabitants and visitors of the cemetery.
          Well, of cours, I cán see a reason. But to me it is not a good one.

  • nicey

    who's it for? are they yet passed or is this what passes… for.. dead cool.

  • Zino

    Looks like a beach house, but nothing wrong if that’s the afterlife for the lucky stiff who gets to pass eternity in this jaunty abode.