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Mausoleum Remembering the Past by Celebrating Simplicity

Mileto & Vegas Arquitectos

Europa | Vita-Real

The mausoleum of the Soriano Manzanet family in Vila-real in the province of Castellón, Spain, has a threefold narrative. It tells the stories of José Soriano, founder of the ceramic tile manufacturing company, Porcelanosa, to whom the chapel is dedicated, of the architect-builder Rafael Guastavino, a fellow Valencian who exported the timbrel vault technique to the United States at the end of the 19th century, and lastly, of the family members, architects and craftsmen who helped design and build it. In 1956 at the age of 25, José Soriano set up Porcelanosa, a ceramic tile company that would become a world leader in its sector. 15 years after his untimely death in 2000 in a car accident, the family commemorated him with this mausoleum in the Vila-real cemetery. In doing so they also make reference to the memory of a much less well-known compatriot who was nonetheless key to making...

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