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Hofheide Crematorium Uses Shadow to Create A Work of Art

Modern crematoriums abandon architectural norms in favor of bold designs

In the past, a crematorium had one simple purpose: to cremate the dead. Today, many families now gather in these spaces to remember loved ones. But most crematoriums still lack bold decor or elaborate architecture. They’re not the warmest, friendliest … Continue reading

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A Community of Cremation Vessels: Cloud of Stars by Zhufei Zhufei

Chinese architecture blends technology with tradition in this columbarium

Today, social media pervades our culture, setting the tone for the way we choose to experience life. So why not tailor technology to accommodate the ways we choose to experience death? Design for Death finalist Zhufei Zhufei is one of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Healing Spaces” by Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

A physician explains complex mind-body interactions and their effect on health

“Healing Spaces,” by Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., is an interesting and sometimes enlightening book. Written in 2009, it describes in great detail some of the earliest scientific research into the fascinating field of psychoneuroimmunology, which seeks to explain the complex … Continue reading

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The Tanatorium Sheds Literal Sunlight on Grieving Families

An architect builds a space for families to remember loved ones in peace

When you think of a death-centered art project, you probably don’t picture a massive concrete building. Yet this is exactly what architect Juan Carlos Salas created when he designed a unique tanatorium (literally “mortuary”) located on the outskirts of Zaragoza, Spain. On the … Continue reading

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Crematorium in Amiens Combines Science with Art

An architect creates a soothing, functional space for families

When you hear the word “crematorium,” it is rarely accompanied by the word “beautiful.” Recently, however, the architectural firm Plan 01 set out to change this common perception with two unique crematoriums, the Rennes Métropole Crematorium and the Crematorium in Amiens in France. Both buildings … Continue reading

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Re-thinking the Funeral Home Design

Architects and Designers Looking to Transform the Way We Process Death

Spaces that process death — funeral homes, family tombs, crematoria — are traditionally housed within structures that either perpetuate their morbid reputation or attempt to mask their purpose altogether. They are low-lying, dark, heavy buildings with outdated design and architecture. … Continue reading

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