Farewell Wall

architects Snježana Jakopčić, Andrija Rusan
project The Christ the King Graveyard, Požega, Croatia
written by Gabriele Kaiser


Since the capacity of the existing cemeteries in Požega, a city in Slavonia of 20,000 inhabitants and the seat of a Catholic diocese, has been exhausted and it is not possible to make any extensions, a new burial ground has been opened in the plain on the southern edge of the city. It is defined by a spatial form made of straight and undulating brick walls, thus being protected and yet open in free landscape at the same time.


The initial intention was to build just a wall which would separate the new cemetery’s area from the road, but later on, architects were asked to develop an overall concept and project of all building parts of the cemetery and burial lots.