Tokyo Vertical Cemetery

The proposal aims to establish a new architectural typology for cemeteries in Tokyo. At the core of the design is the duality between functional and efficient spaces for the dead while providing larger expanses for the grieving. Hence the enclosed, restricted urn storage cylinders that are suspended above the ground and the open, accessible terraces that visually interface with the city yet allow for reflection spaces high above the commotion of everyday life.

This basic typology of storage cylinders and terraces can be adapted to any site. The cylinders could then be tall or short, totally or partially enclosed or as in this case, enclosed in a transparent glass box, contextual to the Shinjuku entertainment district.