Just as it pioneered the concept of the skyscraper by building up to contain the living, it is only natural that the city would embrace the idea of building down to house the dead. Executed as part of The Chicago Architecture Club’s 2017 Burnham Prize competition, this project proposed restoring the worship space of an abandoned church and inserting a fabric “reflector cone” inside it to evenly distribute daylight throughout the interior and into a large hole cut into the floor. A circle of lilies would be planted around this oculus that leads down to the twelve levels of crypts located below.