Shuffling off this mortal coil is something we all, sadly, have to do. There's no opting out. But while mortality might be a great leveller, a number of architects have shown recently how designing environments that process death - be it in practical or psychological terms - can be elevated above the uninspired builds that we've been used to, which have all to easily embraced historicism or, perhaps worse, anonymity.
If there's one thing that's inevitable in our lives, it's that they are going to come to an end. This we know. Death becomes us, so to speak. Yet we've reached a point, in Western society at least, where a great deal of work is done to disavow our mortality, to repress that knowledge that our time on this earth is limited. Such an undertaking is, as we all know, but choose not to accept, anything but healthy in mental, emotional and spiritual terms. (I wonder if undertakers - often cited as working in a recession-proof industry - are themselves any more philosophical about the finite nature of human existence...)
Architektura Krušec's chapel design deliberately directs the gaze of visitors, once inside the chapel, across the striking surrounding landscape, while masking off views of the immediate cemetery's tombstones; photos Miran Kambi