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Family Tomb in the Acor mountains, Portugal by Pedro Dias

A steel and concrete tomb frames views out to the landscape

This family tomb, a stainless-steel and concrete structure clad in black granite, stands in a minuscule graveyard in the Açor Mountains of central Portugal. It takes aniconicity to a Boullée-esque extreme by focusing on the void at the heart of the structure - which frames a view out to the wild landscape. In the soffit there is another, cruciform aperture. The rest of the structure is highly functional: the walls have spaces for eight bodies, and the central plinth doubles as a stand for coffins during interments and as a bench for visiting relatives.


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