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(Re)-Defining the dichotomy/demarcation betweenContemporary LIVING + DYING sphere

Part 2 Project 2004
Looi Chee Kin
Natalija Radosavljevic
Milica Naumovic
National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore
The mechanism of storing ashes (columbaria) & books (community library ), used as an instrument to address present criticism of contemporary living & dying which has been neutralized to an extent purely mechanical, a storage system-like.

Instead of conceiving solutions, the thesis seeks to take advantage of this condition and use the mechanism to differentiate these 2 contrast event by JUXTAPOSING the ritual/act of browsing books(living) and worshiping the dead(dying) are inherently different in nature(architecturally in event & space/materiality) and yet moving along with the prevailing condition in Singapore that efficiency/capacity has inevitably neutralized disparate events be it living or dying.

Looi Chee Kin
Natalija Radosavljevic
Milica Naumovic


Although Looi Chee Kin’s “Columbarium in Housing District” is apparently considered as a subject under taboo, it also can be a quite realistic scenario in Singapore if we take its current interment policy into account. The merit of the work is in a sensible yet bold arrangement of a civic library and the columbarium. The library parallel with the linear columbarium mediates a conflict between housings and columbarium, yet through its book stacks, the library introduces the uncanny and imposing scene of columbarium behind it. This setting expresses a sensuous aspect of the project, namely an exploration of real “other” within the Singapore’s homogenized landscape.

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