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 Dead Spaces | Burial Alternatives for Israel

Led by | Arch. Barak Pelman, Arch. Ori Scialom, Arch. Edith Kofsky

In order to achieve high density of burial spaces in a manner that fully complies with Jewish religious stipulations and can be integrated into the urban space, the project uses an ancient Jewish burial practice - the Ossuary (a compact burial unit) and a two-stage burial process – updating them to present needs.


This burial form was practiced for centuries and was especially common between 516 BCE and 70 CE. As part of this ritual, the dead is buried for a period of about a year, and after the decay of the flesh, the bones are transferred for permanent burial inside thr ossuary: a box 30 * 30 * 60. 20 times smaller than a standard grave.

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The average field grave requires
A volume of 20 times that of an Ossuary

longest bone

widest bone





The Ossuary is reduced to the minimum size required to contain all the human bones, and its dimensions are derived according to the length of the longest bone and the width of the widest bone.

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