Cemeteries: 10 places of final destination

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As the end of October approaches, half of the world is getting ready to commemorate the departed and all souls. Here a selection of stories that trigger emotions through architecture, design and art. We have an a “peaceful oasis” for mourners, old and new cemeteries, alternative burial rituals and meditation spaces to fight fear among others. 

—  Béton brut crematorium offers a “peaceful oasis” for mourners. KAAN Architecten selected a palette of marble, concrete and oak to imbue a sense of calm on the grieving process at Crematorium Siesegem in Aalst, Belgium.

Where is the toilet, please? Within the old cemetery of Ílhavo, architecture firm M2.senos renovated the central bathrooms building inspired by Portuguese ceramic tradition.

— Sweden. Gert Wingårdh built an emerald pavilion in a park cemetery. The combination of glass and cross-laminated timber allows the cemetery administration building to integrate with the landscape.

— Japan. David Chipperfield completed a contemplative building in red. The chapel and the visitor centre for Inagawa Cemetery sit on a steep site in the Hokusetsu Mountain Range of Hyogo prefecture.

—  The new crematorium in Lommel is a contemporary ruin. The building by a2o architecten surfaces as an ancient and enigmatic presence within the natural landscape, restored to its primordial conditions.

Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, Capsula Mundi. Photo Giacomo Bretzel
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, Capsula Mundi. Photo Giacomo Bretzel

– After years of design and initiatives, the project that will reverse our way of conceiving today’s burial techniques, transforming cemeteries into forests, has finally been launched.

—  The pavilion by CN10 architetti is in contrast with the big extension of the existent cemetery to create a collected, protected, intimate and measured place.

— Bianco + Gotti Architetti: chapels in Cavenago Cemetery. Architecture for the departed helps the living to remember.

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