An extension of the San Michele cemetery, designed by David Chipperfield, stands out as an architectural icon of contemporary burial culture. It offers sophisticated minimal spaces tickling several human senses, like sound, smell, and temperature. However, slowly changing burial customs are constantly reinventing their architectural forms without leaving historical contents. In this lecture I draw ties between contemporary architectural forms of the cemetery and the historical burial culture in the Catholic territories within Europe.

Eglė Bazaraitė is Vice-dean for International Relations Faculty of Architecture | VILNIUS TECH, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University