The patriarch of a prominent Charlotte, NC family commissioned DeSantana to provide materials, and design and install a carved stone rotunda that would be a focal point for a small, private family cemetery. We listened to the client's specific vision, as well as his passion for scripture and aspirations, and provided conceptual illustrations for the project, creating a broad, conceptual vision. Numerous additional illustrations, as well as clay models, helped impart in detail the myriad of decorative, religious, and symbolic elements that are a part of the structure.
This client is passionate in his Christian faith and we discussed in depth his interest in symbology, Christian themes and how we would thoughtfully incorporate them into the design. Every decorative component from the large central stone cross sculpture to the olive branch detail on the middle band of each column imbues relevance and beauty into this unique and elegant structure. The result will be a spiritual gathering place for the family and visitors to pray, meditate and share important occasions.
This is a place that is private, welcoming, invites contemplation and is imbued with faith, history and love.
Location: Chester, South Carolina Project Status: In progress
“Architecture is the constant fight between man and nature, the fight to overwhelm nature, to possess it.
The first act of architecture is to put a stone on the ground. That act transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture; it’s a holy act.” - Mario Botta