Golden Gate Remains
Student Work, 2007
Design Critic: Ole Bouman

By designing a columbarium into the structure of the Golden Gate Bridge, three disparate Bay Area problems are solved: lack of burial grounds, suicide prevention on the bridge, and funding for bridge maintenance. Cemeteries are not permitted within the city limits of San Francisco, and citizens must arrange for their remains to rest beyond the city limits. Though technically not in the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, an icon of San Francisco, could be the resting place for over 80,000 deceased.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the world's no. 1 suicide magnet. Whether or not to build a suicide barrier has been an issue for years. This new project, while serving an entirely different function, acts as a barrier to future suicide from the bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is operating in the red. Solutions being considered are tolls and corporate sponsorship. The tolls may be able to mend current budget shortfalls but offer little hope of solving the problem long-term. All cemeteries and columbariums operate with budgets that must account for projected upkeep. Costs of interment and burial are calculated in perpetuity. The figures for interment could be calculated to cover foreseen bridge maintenance.

Golden Gate Remains was published in Volume Magazine #14, 2007, and in The Outlook Magazine #95, March 2010.


 

Colma - 1.5 million burried
San Francisco - 0 burried: Colma - 1.5 million burried

location by lightpole
Golden gate bridge suicide map: location by lightpole


Golden gate bridge revenue problems 

columbarium in bridge structure
Concept sketch: columbarium in bridge structure


Defining a legal site 

revealing the new columbarium
Section through the bridge: revealing the new columbarium

how the columbarium ties in
Golden gate structure: how the columbarium ties in

the windsock urn
Urn study #1: the windsock urn


Partial elevation of study #1 

urn movement reduces wind load
How it works: urn movement reduces wind load

ashes in the grill
Urn study #2: ashes in the grill

showing one consistent urn size
Partial elevation of study #2: showing one consistent urn size

 showing various urn sizes
Partial elevation of study #2: showing various urn sizes


How it works 


3 sizes for 3 plot types 

a quick estimate
Financing in perpetuity: a quick estimate