The Reflect mausoleum proposes a shift in the paradigm in burial culture of Korea. As cremation becomes a growingly accepted format of burial, replacing traditional coffin burial process to conserve densely populated and scarce land resource in the country, variety of options have emerged, most popular among them is a semi-public ossuary. However, coming from a culture that historically reveres private burial territory, these ossuary brings only compromised modern offerings while the alternative solutions of private space demanding high cost. The Reflect offers four to eight, potentially more number of cremated urns within a family to be buried in a land smaller than a single coffin burial requires.
Another important design consideration was to propose a different visiting experience for the living. Departing from a somewhat vertical, hierarchical interaction of the traditional burial format, Reflect creates a horizontal relationship between the buried and the visitor. the polished facade offers a visual and psychological opportunity to reflect and spend a moment with the deceased.
designed for MLPark Cemetary, Chulwon, Korea.