source: Eduardo Souto de Moura, concursos competitions 1979-2010
With a farewell, a cremation or burial, the sequence of rituals is important for comfort and remembrance. In recent years, some beautiful auditoriums and crematoria which accommodate those rituals were realised in the Netherlands. They offer peace and make introspection possible, but they are also spatially exciting.
The Duisburg crematory was constructed around an existing older crematorium. The marriage between the old and the new is very effective. During our visit the outdoor ceiling was missing. It had recently suffered quite some water damage and we hope this will be restored soon. Luckily for us the building was never the less a pleasure to see!
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“Tootje, living in a funeral home” is the story of an outsider who penetrates into the world of the funeral.
Lieke Northman is a coffee lady in a funeral home. Gradually she discovers the wonderful world of the funeral business: look with red socks, receptionists with plunging necklines and the secrets of the discard basement. She meets survivors in all shapes and sizes, and discovers that grief takes many forms.
A video about a new cremation ritual at ‘de Nieuwe Ooster’ in the Netherlands.
About the history of cremation in the Netherlands.
source: Yarden Crematorium
Yesterday we were visiting crematorium Hofheide in Holsbeek, Belgium. The director Jaques Roggen was very kind to take time to answer our questions and show us around. They are still very busy since the crematorium is brand new. We had payed a short visited berfore during the overcrowded public opening but our impression was quite different now. This time we could experience the building as it was intended: in quiet.