Instead of six feet under, maybe it will be more like six hundred feet over. In Norway, where cemetery space is increasingly limited, a student designer is proposing a giant skyscraper for housing the dead.
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Martin McSherry, a Royal Danish School of Architecture student, came up with this unique design for a vertical graveyard and entered it into a competition last fall held by the Nordic Association for Graveyards and Crematoria, Richard Orange wrote in The Local. Sounds like an esoteric contest, but finding a place to bury the dead in Norway is a growing problem, Gizmodo's Ashley Feinberg reported in October.
The design, detailed in this Norwegian PDF, calls for a modern, latticework-like metal tower with a graveyard on every floor. The floors could be customized for special religious needs like coffins or urns. A crane would be stationed permanently next to the tower in order to add new floors, Orange reported. The competition's jury noted (Norwegian PDF) that it was hard to take the proposal too seriously: McSherry nicknames the tower a "stairway to heaven."