The proposed intervention for the extension of the Romea cemetery is based on the naturalisation of the space, as a way of uniting the human being with the earth, both in life and after life. This reencounter with nature aims to create a spiritual and contemplative place, which allows us to enjoy the day to day, as well as to be used as a place of worship and commemoration of loved ones who are no longer with us.
The project idea is very clear. At present there is a cemetery isolated from its surroundings, which is to be extended into a forest. The proposal seeks to bring the cemetery into the forest and at the same time to bring the forest into the cemetery, breaking boundaries and connecting the cemetery with the surrounding landscape.
We have also taken into account the way in which the cemetery will be implanted over time and how it will coexist with the forest. To this end, a final layout is proposed, which will be implemented in a dispersed manner according to the needs over time, so that the forest will gradually be transformed into a cemetery.
The proposed extension towards the forest respects the original layout of the cemetery, prolonging the longitudinal axis and creating another transversal axis symmetrical to the existing one, although with a different design.
If the existing longitudinal axis is constituted by a formal straight avenue that leads to the existing chapel, the proposed one will be constituted by a series of winding paths between existing trees and where a lake-stage will be located elevated above the natural terrain. This stage is proposed as a tribute to women artists, which is why it will bear the name of Xela Arias, a Galician writer and poet to whom the day of Galician letters has been dedicated this year.
In the area to the south next to the car park, where there are currently large oak trees, it is intended to create a park outside the cemetery, completely open, before the entrance to the cemetery, thus creating a living area connecting with the cemetery. This area will have a water feature, benches to enjoy the shade of the existing trees and a series of bike racks to serve users who use the bike lane that runs from the cemetery to the vicinity of the urban area of Lalín.