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Resting place in Costanzana, Italy by Studio Martino Berghinz
1/30/2012

In his work "Sepulchres" the Italian poet addresses the importance of burial places. Graves, he writes, are peaceful places in two senses: the final resting place of the deceased, and places where the bereaved can remember the dead person in peace and engage in silent dialog with them. As such it is no coincidence that the formal language of the family grave in Costanzana, Italy, seems very reduced and monolithic. Martino Berghinz, the architect, also notes that "graves are per se monuments but that this particular one was meant to be deliberately discreet and closed to the outside, such that its true identity is sheltered on the inside, revealing itself only to the relatives."

Inside the tomb there is an old olive tree. The sepulchre is built entirely of Italian Ceppo di Gré stone, whose homogeneity, color, and surface underscore the solidity of the structure and its deliberately simple character.

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Resting place in Costanzana, Italy by Studio Martino Berghinz | Photo © Martino Berghinz
Resting place in Costanzana, Italy by Studio Martino Berghinz | Photo © Martino Berghinz
Photo © Martino Berghinz
Photo © Martino Berghinz
Illustration © Martino Berghinz
Illustration © Martino Berghinz
Photo © Martino Berghinz
Photo © Martino Berghinz
Photo © Martino Berghinz
Illustration © Martino Berghinz