Heavenly Ladder - Waymarks in Pansvitz Castle Park

Project Infos

Year: 2021

Interior Design

Menzel, Bettina, Prof.

Sarah Materne, Paula Körner, Lena Warnken (4. Semester Bachelor Innenarchitektur) & Seraphina Digeser (6. Semester Bachelor Innenarchitektur)

Project type:

A place of dying and of life. Pansevitz Castle Park on the island of Rügen is both a park and a cemetery forest. The chairpersons of the Pansevitz Castle Park Foundation approached the Wismar University of Applied Sciences with the wish to revitalise the park.


At the beginning of the semester, the students walked through the park, each looking for a suitable place to analyse its genius loci. In the course of the semester, individual designs were developed. Small places of remembrance and commemoration were created, which guide visitors through the park on new paths to experience its nature anew and to get to know it sensually in many ways.

The design was accompanied by the Dachwelten university competition. At the end, four students were selected to take part in the 24-hour competition in September. Sarah Materne, Paula Körner, Seraphina Digeser and Lena Warnken were nominated.
Last year, Wismar University of Applied Sciences won with the design of the Nano Docks and is defending the title this year.

The designs of the four nominees are also presented:

Tempus te by Sarah Materne
The memorial "tempus te" - "time for you" deals with the four phases of grief that a person has to face when a loved one has died. 
The construction made of poplar bark, acrylic glass and concrete is located at the Ziegeleiteich in the Pansevitz cemetery forest on the island of Rügen. The stages of mourning are illustrated by four large, white fabric sculptures that are attached to wooden frames and fall freely to just above the ground. The fabric is opaque, as is the threshold between life and death. A special feature is the narrow cross in the outer shell that casts light on one of the fabric sculptures at midday.

The embrace of Paula Körner
Inspired by the art world and Rügen's coast, the design "The Embrace", a memorial for the Pansevitz cemetery forest, was created. The memorial embraces visitors and mourners. 
The opposing rooms are connected by a curved corridor that symbolises the (im)finiteness of life. The starting point for the sensual design of the building is the 1925 work "The Kiss" by Pablo Picasso. 
The materials were carefully selected for their feel, translucency and warmth. They remain discreetly in the background and leave room for silence, devotion and mourning.
Natur(t)räume Pavilion by Seraphina Digeser
The NATUR(T)RÄUME pavilion is located in the park area of the cemetery forest and borders on the forest. The pavilion is a place for the senses and for reflection. In interaction with nature, visitors to the Pansevitz Cemetery Forest have the opportunity to pause, to commemorate and to feel different senses in the process.
The rooms of the pavilion play on the human senses, specialising in hearing, smelling, feeling, reflecting and seeing. Each room offers the opportunity to experience one or more of the senses. The focus is on nature and the surroundings, supporting this sensory experience. The triangular shape of the rooms is inspired by perspectives and vistas. It is also intended to enhance the respective sensory experience in each room. 
The pavilion is a piece of nature. Its walls, floors and ceilings are made of rammed earth, which could gradually become part of nature again. The rammed earth gives the pavilion a massive appearance, which, however, does not take attention away from nature, but rather appears as part of the environment.

Mirror Mirror by Lena Warnken
The design of Mirror Mirror makes it possible to engage with nature in a somewhat different way. Like a telescope, the building is consciously directed into the landscape, drawing the eye both in and out. 
When walking through, the visitor is not only surrounded by closed walls but also by mirrors that bring the surroundings from the outside to the inside and allow completely different perspectives. The mirrors are rotatable and invite everyone to experiment and catch different perspectives again and again. 
The place is meant to distract the mind from everyday events and to recall, for a short time, the dreamy wonder of childhood days. 

Related Links

Model in M1:20 - Tempus te by Sarah Materne
Model from Above - Tempus te by Sarah Materne
Insight into the model - Tempus te by Sarah Materne
Model in M1:20 - The Embrace of Paula Körner
Top View - The Embrace of Paula Körner
Interior shot - The embrace of Paula Körner
Exterior view - Natur(t)räume Pavilion by Seraphina Digeser
Model in M1:20 - Nature(t)räume by Seraphina Digeser
Interior representation of the Room of Hearing - Natur(t)räume Pavilion by Seraphina Digeser
View - Mirror Mirror by Lena Warnken
Model in M1:20 - Mirror Mirror by Lena Warnken
Interior view - Mirror Mirror by Lena Warnken