The material quality of the exposed concrete is one of the key aspects of this project: over time it has reacted with the environment and has been covered with lichen and moss, merging with the living elements that make up the garden. The surface texture differs depending on the position and the material’s exposure to inclement weather or erosion caused by contact with the garden’s ponds and small canals.
The Brion Tomb is accessed through the propylaea. Then, along the porch, you reach the meditation pavilion surrounded by water and water lilies. Continuing north we find the arcosolium that covers the arcs of the progenitors of the client family. Nearby there is the tent-cave, which houses the tombs of relatives, from which you reach the chapel, isolated in the water.
The concrete is also treated with an extraordinary subtlety, following a sculptural logic more than an architectural one: like jewellery, it is inlaid with metallic and ceramic elements, or it is contrasted with shiny and polished materials. In addition, various concrete elements are articulated with mechanisms that let them move, a truly unique treatment for a material that is almost always associated with a fixed position.
This building has been selected among the 100 most representative concrete buildings of the 20th century, visit the site 100fromthe20th to find out more.