CONGRESSIONAL CEMETARY // WASHINGTON D.C.

CIVING BUILDING  // MEMORIAL

LOCATION: The congressional cemetery is located a short distance away from downtown D.C. It is a historic site that predates Arlington National Cemetery, and is home to notable graves such as, J Edgar Hoover’s and over 15 senators. Despite this cemetery’s historic stature, in the 1970’s and 1980’s the cemetery  was neglected and fell into disrepair. In 1999 the cemetery was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help resort and preserve the cemetery. This restoration effort still continues today, run by volunteers and funded by both a dog walking club and donations. This project was an attempt to reinvigorate this historic landmark, and produce revenue to fund continued restoration.

CONCEPT: This memorial aims to use architectural elements to help the living reflect on the on the memories of the deceased and contemplate the mysteries of death. The four elements used to design the space are perfect geometry, threshold, reflection and shadow.