A Very Small Part of Architecture at Highgate Cemetery.

Good Grief, a series of three evening events exploring loss and rebirth in the heart of Highgate Cemetery, took place this month.

The Good Grief series is staged in and around a specially-commissioned temporary tomb designed by Sam Jacob Studio entitled A Very Small Part of Architecture.

A Very Small Part of Architecture resurrects Austrian Modernist architect Adolf Loos’s 1921 design for a mausoleum for art historian Max Dvorák. Though never built, the image of Loos’ design has haunted architectural culture ever since. Here the heavy dark and masonic form is recreated at 1:1 scale using a lightweight timber frame and scaffold net: A ghostly reenactment of an unrealised architectural idea.

Studio Dekka worked with Sam Jacob Studio to design and install the temporary lighting of the tomb and the forecourt.

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Image Courtesy of Jon Fairclough / Architecture Foundation.