Close to the sky

ByFRANZISKA KNUPPER
May 11, 2017 18:11

‘In the haredi cemeteries in Prague or Vienna you can sometimes find four or five layers of deceased upon deceased. It is a longstanding custom, close enough to our roots.’

The Yarkon Cemetery

The Yarkon Cemetery project on Gefen burial hill. (photo credit:PENGER SAGIV ARCHITECTS)

Three buildings, sandstone bricks, windows with no glass. “Up there, right up there,” says Avi, pointing to the third row. “Maybe you can even see the ocean from there,” he adds with a smile. Today his grandmother, Edith, will be buried, all the way up on the top floor.

Resting in peace should be easy there, at least according to Tuvia Sagiv, an Israeli architect and designer who has specialized in the design of burial spaces.

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