Tag Archives: Architecture and death

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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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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Between the Abstract and the Real

Death, architecture and the public imagination

How do we come to terms with something as abstract as death? Our own heavy, very real flesh will one day be in another indistinct form. The sacred bodies of our loved ones are subject to the same fate. What … Continue reading

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