Last week we were visiting the crematorium in Gävle Sweden.
We were very kindly received by Linda Gavell whom is in charge of the daily operations. It was very interesting to hear how this crematorium was once conceived by a group of recently graduated architects, it is almost unimaginable since the building looks and feels like the culmination of an oeuvre.
The unusual layout works like a charm an though the building is rather large and open to its surroundings, it feels simple, warm and intimate at all times.
A visit well worth wild.
Sadly we were not able to visit the new crematorium at the famous Woodlands cemetery while we were in Stockholm.
It seems the brick roof is in need of some repairs after two years already. We feel regretful for not visiting it earlier since we thought it would be a great project for the book. We will of coures mention it still, but for enjoying the full experience…
we will return 😉
From the TagesSpiegel. A lot of money was spend in building the Baumschulenweg Crematorium,
the lease period is over and now the city plans to buy it.
The crematorium Baumschulenweg , a palace of the German burial culture is (re)purchased by the City of Berlin prematurely. However, not until 2019 – even though it would be possible to acquire the crematorium designed by Axel Schultes architects this year for 23 million euros. Aquiring public buildings after their ‘write-off’ period is quite custom in Germany but buying the crematorium now is discouraged by finance minister Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen because spending a lot of (unscheduled) money is not a popular thing to do just before the election.
read the article in English through Google translate (excuse them for the grammar!)
We were very kindly recieved by representatives of the Rennes Metropole and OGF who is managing the crematorium. They told us all about the context, how the building came to be and how it is used at this time.
The crematorium at Vern-sur-Seiche is truely a peoples building. The circular spaces, patios and landscaping made this building feel intimate and public at the same time. It was very clear that it is very inviting to the visitors to use the spaces and outside areas of the crematorium freely.. People walked in and out, childeren running, all in a proper tasteful, ethic and respectable setting.
We were very kindly received by mr. Alfonso Galdo of Altima with whom we had an interesting interview and a tour of the building. The organisation of the building was particulary interesting since it was customized for the local funerary culture and functional at the same time.
No need to say that the esthetics of the building are also remarkable, the interior was clearly designed with a lot of care.
The crematorium in Zurich truely impressed us. The ceremonial spaces are sacral and spiritual without being religious. At the same time the rest of the building has a very human scale where anyone would feel very welcome.
The former city-architect of Zurich, mr. Steiner really created a monumental example of cremation architecture.
Unfortunately the people of the crematorium in Linz were not able to receive us but since we were ‘in the neigbourhood’ we made a short visit to the building as we passed by.
The monumental modern building is situated on the site of a very nice graveyard and it has a very clear layout. We had a good impresssion before we moved on to Zurich.
Together with our Czech connection Michaele we were kindly received by mr. Zdenek Kolar and representative of PamArch who have added a new office building to this modern monument.
It was interesting to see how up-to-date this crematorium, originally designed by Ernst Wiesner still is. Its characteristic needle-pointed pillars and the glass roof still give this building a unique esthetic.
We were enthousiastic to see that the addition made was very much in sync with both the building as its modern intent.
Today we visited Krematorium Strašnice, it is the largest crematorium in Europe in terms of the area it covers. This time we were accompanied by our Czech connection Michaele (with many Thanks to Ivo Jelinek for connecting us) who helped us out with some interpreting and her pleasant interest.
We were kindly received by the manager mr. Anděl who showed us the building and its dayly workings. This crematorium is truely impressive. Although the crematorium breathes monumentality this is pleasantly countercted by the social way the people of Prague have integrated it in everyday life.
It was a particulary nice day for making some great photos in Dresden. We had tried to get into contact with the right people at Tolkewitz but due to vacations and some burocratic disturbance we were not able make an official visit. It was a bit disappointing, also to the people we met at the crematorium who were very interested in our project and eager to coöperate. Maybe at a later time ..
We were here since next to the old monumental crematorium a modern addition was built (right behind the trees on the right side of this picture). If you google it you will find some pictures, also from the interior (we wonder..). although we were just visiting a ‘tourists’ now it was quite interesting. If this crematorium ends up in our final selection we might take the efford to try and visit it officially at some point.