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Repairs in Stockholm

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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 😉

City of Berlin buys back the crematorium


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!)

Circles at Rennes Metropole

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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.

Modern crematorium architecture in Spain

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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.

Summer tour 2015 begins

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Since our summer visits last year to Germany, Denmark and Norway were such a succes, we have planned a big trip again for 2015. We will travel over 6000 km, will meet with people from the business and some of our international crewmembers..  and are enjoying the summer at the same time!

If you have any last minute suggestions please just drop us an email!

Golders Green crematorium

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Of course we could not skip the Golders Green crematorium. It is like the Pére Lachaise of London with its monumental buildings, pioneering work and famous clientèle.

We had a very nice and interesting interview with  manager Viv Lackey of the London Cremation Company. Clearly they do not only operate new and monumental crematoria but take great pride in providing personal service to all their clients. Also special thanks to caretaker Erik Willis who has shown me around the buildings and the grounds.

The building on Hooplane was designed in Italian style by sir Ernest George and first opened in 1901. The tower contains the chimney of the crematorium below which has a chapel on each side. To both sides are three columbaria in total whom are partially connected by the cloisters which holds many memorials. The 12 acres of gardens are an enormous oasis in London, it contains several  tombs, urn graves and a large scattering lawn.

Crownhill crematorium

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A very enthousiastic and inspired manager Angela Abbott told us all about the crematorium in Milton Keynes. The project was undertaken by the former Milton Keynes Council’s own Architectural Department (ArchitectureMK). The design was conceived with the designteam by Adrian Morrow.

The crematorium breathes a  spiritual and tranquil atmosphere and it was clearly inspired by Louis Kahn’s Kimball Art Museum with its cycloid form concrete roof vaults.

The careful materialisation and attention to detail is very visible and it is carried through in the site. The existing grounds have been developed into a wildlife garden and the building itself was developed with sustainability in mind. Many of the building materials are sustainable and principal spaces are naturally ventilated by means of windcatchers.

we continue in 2015

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the creative industries fund NL supports this project!

In the past year we made the first steps in exploring the Architecture of Crematoria in Europe. We had lots of meetings with all kinds of people involved in the business, visiting over 22 crematoria in 7 countries we had started our first analysis and writings. We were happy to find that we were received very enthusiastically by many people and also we are very grateful to those whom are actively supporting our work.

Though we were convinced that this project was filled with potential and very relevant to say the least, we were in need for more financial support to continue the project. So at the end of 2014 we tried to put everything together, our findings and our ideas to go further, and created a report for the creative industries fund NL. The result ..

We are very happy to tell you that the assessment commission of the fund has decided it is a great idea to support us further!