After a few weekends of hard work, and late nights reminiscent of College times, we have just submitted our design proposal for a new Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. From the invitation for entries:
“Glasnevin Trust wishes to develop the 1916 Centenary Chapel to commemorate, in particular the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising and who are buried in a mass grave on the site in St. Paul’s Cemetery, as well as all others who lost their lives in those events. The Chapel is to be for all denominations and will primarily accommodate ceremonies held before a cremation. It should also relate to the existing 1916 monument on the site. The building should be of high quality, built of materials that are durable and will have a feeling of permanence.
The Centenary Chapel should be a peaceful, contemplative space which will commemorate those who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising on one hand, while creating a space in modern times where one can grieve for and remember the recently deceased. It should be a place of commemoration and contemplation and to a degree, a place of happy memories and celebration of what has been achieved in a life.”
We will showcase our entry on the website in due course, but for now it must be kept under wraps as the jury consider all the entries. Win lose or draw, the competition was a great opportunity to think creatively about an interesting design brief on a historical site.
UPDATE: Competition entry can be seen at here.