Location: Choszczno, Poland
Coordinates: 53.168099, 15.409625
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Scale: 13.402 ㎡ Large
Types: Cemetery, Religious
The subject of the diploma thesis is the analysis of the current condition of Polish necropolises and the space around them. The main area of considerations was the cemetery located in a small town in Choszczno.
The work analyzes the subject of death and how it has been perceived over the past centuries. The philosophical context of cemeteries was examined, and how places devoted to the burial function affect the perception of the inhabitants of urban space. The theoretical part presents the theory of binary positions by Florian Znaniecki: dead / living, inside / outside, up / down, left / right, which fully reflects the relationship between the space devoted to the dead and the place occupied by the living.
The presented proposal for the revaluation of the space around the Municipal Cemetery in Choszczno is the result of all the mentioned analyzes earlier. The concept assumes strengthening the relation of the necropolis with the city and proposes a series of new spaces, thanks to which the cemetery area will be able to fully function. The project involves dividing the study area into a southern – urban and northern – landscape part. The aim of the southern concept is to reintegrate the burial function into the city and to propose new functions that could support the proper functioning of the necropolis. On the other hand, the detailed study of the northern zone assumes the placement of the crematorium building, columbarium and the creation of a new entrance space.