David Chipperfield Architects completes pink visitor centre and chapel at Inagawa Cemetery

A pink pigmented concrete building designed by David Chipperfield’s studio for a cemetery in the Japanese town of Inagawa has been captured in photographs by Edmund Sumner. Inagawa Cemetery is situated on a hillside in the Hokusetsu Mountain Range of the Hyogo prefecture, around 25 miles north of Osaka. David Chipperfield Architects developed the visitor and

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Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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Gabled tombs sit within serene courtyards at Italian cemetery

Mirco Simonato Architetto has added white-walled courtyards and simple gabled tombs to a cemetery in Megliadino San Vitale, northern Italy. The local architecture studio was employed by the council to discretely redesign the burial ground to create a place for quiet contemplation. As part of the brief the architects changed the layout of the cemetery, which sits surrounded

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Waugh Thistleton completes cemetery buildings with rammed-earth walls

Waugh Thistleton has added a pair of new prayer halls to a Jewish cemetery in the English county of Hertfordshire, which feature rammed-earth walls constructed using soil taken from the site. The London architecture office was invited to oversee the expansion of Bushey Cemetery, which is located in the capital’s greenbelt and is the UK’s

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Deep-green tiles and geometric entrances create distinctive toilets for Portuguese graveyard

Portuguese architecture studio M2 Senos has completed a new public toilet for a cemetery in the country’s Ílhavo municipality, taking the graveyard’s verdant grounds and marble headstones as cues for the design.  The local practice, which is led by brothers Sofia and Ricardo Senos, was asked by the parish council to overhaul São Salvador cemetery’s

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Trio of broken arches house ossuaries in northern Italian cemetery

CN10 Architetti has built a trio of white concrete and marble funerary arches with space to host ossuaries and cinerary urns for a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. CN10 Architetti formed the arches from six separate pieces, which are arranged in pairs to create a processional pathway for visitors to walk through the 75-square-metre mausoleum. The curved concrete

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“However brutal, the Yolocaust website gave meaning to Berlin’s Holocaust memorial”

By juxtaposing selfies taken by visitors to Peter Eisenman’s Holocaust memorial with archive photos from concentration camps, artist Shahak Shapira has revealed why design that shames is important, says Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. I came across Yolocaust on the Twitter account of historian Alex Von Tunzelmann. Clearly unsure about whether or not to link to it at

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“Something is rotten when my trainers are more customised than my funeral”

Death urgently needs a redesign, says Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. What can architecture possibly do to confront the terrifying enormity of death? The pseudo-Christian customs that constitute most funereal rituals in the West feel stale and emaciated. Off-the-shelf ceremonies are peddled by an industry at best unable to console, and at worst exploitative

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Minimalist morgue by Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes features textured concrete walls

Corduroy-textured walls enclose planted courtyards at this funeral home in Spain’s Catalonia region by Barcelona practice Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes. The morgue is located next to a cemetery in Sant Vicenç de Castellet, a town located 50 kilometres north of Barcelona. Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes wanted the building to act an extension of the walled graveyard, so enclosed it with ribbed

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Norway moves to scrap plans for controversial Utøya memorial

The Norwegian government has offered to abandon plans for a memorial to the 77 people murdered during the terrorist attacks of 22 July 2011, after fierce opposition by local residents. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg intends to sever a strip of headland from the coastline in the village of Sørbråten, in tribute to the victims of the bombing in Oslo and the More

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Sam Jacob erects Adolf Loos-designed mausoleum in Highgate Cemetery

A tomb that was designed but never realised by modernist architect Adolf Loos has been built by British architect Sam Jacob in a historic London cemetery. Sam Jacob Studio has erected the mausoleum that Loos designed for art historian Max Dvorák in 1921. It stands in Highgate Cemetery – arguably London’s most famous burial ground, home to the graves More

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Luis Barragán’s family “shocked and very sad” after architect’s ashes turned into diamond

A descendant of legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán is outraged after discovering that his great-uncle’s cremated remains have been used to create a diamond ring. Tadeo Pintado Barragán Cervantes Omana has written a letter on behalf of several of the architect’s relatives, describing the “enormous outrage and deep sadness” on discovering that artist Jill Magid used Barragán’s ashes to create a two-carat diamond. More

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Artist turns Luis Barragán’s remains into diamond to trade for his archive

An American artist has turned the remains of legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán into a diamond, and is offering to exchange the gem for the architect’s professional archive, which is currently housed on the Vitra campus (+ slideshow). Conceptual artist Jill Magid has set the two-carat diamond made from Barragán’s ashes into an engagement ring, More

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Architecture ranks fifth in list of jobs most linked to suicide

A US study has listed architects among the people most likely to take their own life. The research carried out by America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that those who work in architecture and engineering are the fifth most likely to commit suicide, compared to those in other jobs. Published last week, the More

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Graves reached using GPS proposed for bushland cemetery near Sydney

The bereaved will be able to find the location of their loved ones’ graves using GPS in this cemetery without headstones, proposed by Australian firms CHROFI and McGregor Coxall for Sydney (+ slideshow). The pioneering cemetery model stems from the firms’ belief that attitudes towards death are changing as society becomes increasingly secular, and that the More

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Concrete and slatted-timber morgue by AE Arquitectos overlooks a Spanish harbour

AE Arquitectos has combined exposed concrete, white render and slatted timber for this morgue in Spain’s Asturias principality, which features terraces overlooking a harbour (+ slideshow). The Morgue of Jove by local studio AE Arquitectos is a 2,800-square-metre funerary facility located beside a hospital and facing an industrial port in the city of Gijón. Designed to allow family members and loved ones More

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Key Operation completes cedar-clad warehouse at Inagawa cemetery

Both charred and red-dyed cedar clad this warehouse by Tokyo studio Key Operation, located at a cemetery in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture where David Chipperfield is also adding new buildings (+ slideshow). Key Operation worked with architect Akira Hanjo of Kobe-based Atelier Fish on the Inagawa Cemetery Warehouse, which sits at the entrance to the Inagawa Reien cemetery. David Chipperfield Architects is designing a chapel and visitors’ More

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Lund University students envision Malmö silo transformed into a crematorium

A disused grain silo in Malmö is converted into a crematorium and “vertical cemetery” in this proposal by Swedish architecture students Fredrik Thornström and Karolina Pajnowska. Thornström and Pajnowska developed the concept called The House of the Living and The House of The Dead as part of their master’s degree at Lund University. It involves the renovation and More

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Katrina Spade’s Urban Death Project proposes a composting facility for dead bodies

Seattle-based designer Katrina Spade has developed a building proposal that offers an eco-friendly alternative to burying or cremating loved ones. Called the Urban Death Project, Spade’s proposal calls for a building in which dead bodies wrapped in linen would be placed in a three-storey core that contains high-carbon materials. The bodies would eventually decompose and become soil. “The More

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Stark concrete funeral home by Salas Architecture + Design tilts up towards the sun

One end of this concrete funeral building in Spain by Salas Architecture + Design angles up towards the sky, funnelling light into a waiting room for mourners (+ movie). The Tanatorio Municipal stands on the edge of a pine wood in El Burgo de Ebro, a small town in the Zaragoza region of north-east Spain. Aiming to define […]

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Curvaceous concrete crematorium by Plan 01 offers “dignified and serene setting” for mourners

Overlapping cylinders make up this crematorium in northern France, designed by a collective of Parisian architects with walls of ribbed concrete and golden-framed glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based collective Plan 01 used repeating circular motifs to create the non-denominational funeral space in the city of Amiens – in a similar fashion to another crematorium completed by the group in Rennes. Crematorium Amiens sits in a valley surrounded by […]

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Jagged concrete canopy by Ron Shenkin shelters mourners at a cemetery in Israel

The folded concrete canopy of this burial service structure in an Israeli graveyard is supported by slender tree-shaped columns that pay homage to a razed orchard (+ slideshow). Eulogies and final rituals are delivered below the concrete awning, which was designed by architect Ron Shenkin for a plot on the edge of a cemetery in Pardesya, a town just north of […]

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L.Art Architectural Office adds white funeral chapel to Hungarian cemetery

A cross made from two steel I-beams frames the entrance to this bright white funeral chapel in Hungary, by local firm L.Art Architectural Office (+ slideshow). Surrounded by trees, the small chapel stands at the entrance to a cemetery in Dabas, a town south of Budapest. It comprises a single-storey concrete structure with a sheltered entrance […]

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Postmodern buildings: San Cataldo Cemetery by Aldo Rossi

Pomo summer: Aldo Rossi’s unfinished San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena, Italy, is considered one of the seminal Postmodern works. The architect, who denied being part of the controversial movement, designed the building in 1971 while recovering from a serious car crash (+ slideshow). Rossi once declared that “I cannot be Postmodern, as I have never been […]

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Funeral chapel by Tria Studio brings gentle winds through its hollow centre

The breeze flows through the centre of this funeral chapel that Tria Studio has completed at a village cemetery in Slovenia’s picturesque Tuhinj Valley (+ slideshow). The Farewell Chapel serves the community of Zgornji Tuhinj –  a small village that also boasts a historic 17th century church. Related story: The Dezeen guide to contemporary cemeteries It […]
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“Serene” concrete pavilion marks the entrance to a First World War cemetery

This minimal concrete and glass pavilion in Flanders, Belgium, by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architectuurburo houses a visitor centre for the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery, where 11,956 servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated (+ slideshow). Bruges-based Govaert & Vanhoutte created an entrance pavilion and a new toilet block in response to the increasing number of […]

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Philippe Prost’s elliptical concrete memorial marks the centenary of World War I

This concrete oval, designed by Parisian architect Philippe Prost to be “the colour of war”, stretches out across the site of one of the world’s largest French military cemeteries to commemorate the centenary of the First World War (+ slideshow). Philippe Prost was asked to design the memorial for the military cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette, which is […]

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Furumori Koichi adds timber latticework to a concrete Japanese temple extension

A wooden latticed ceiling covers a space for storing funerary urns inside this concrete extension to a Japanese temple by Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio (+ slideshow). Furumori Koichi Architectural Design Studio added the 335-square-metre Myoenji Columbarium – a vault used to store cremation urns – to a Japanese temple in Fukuoka prefecture. The flat-roofed extension contrasts with the traditional […]

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New Pinterest board: architecture for death

Before heading out in your spooky costume, check out our selection of Halloween treats including the best cemetery, mausoleum and crematorium architecture from the pages of Dezeen. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more architecture for death

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The Dezeen guide to contemporary cemeteries

Halloween is traditionally a day for honouring the dead, so today we’re revisiting some of the best cemetery, mausoleum and crematorium architecture on Dezeen. The roots of Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is thought to have originated from a Celtic festival dedicated to marking the beginning of winter and the end of the annual crop […]

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Johan Celsing’s red-brick crematorium follows the terrain of Asplund’s Woodland Cemetery

This red-brick crematorium was designed by Swedish architect Johan Celsing to blend into its setting in the historic Woodland Cemetery outside Stockholm (+ slideshow). Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor won a competition run by the city of Stockholm to design the new crematorium for the Woodland Cemetery – a Unesco World Heritage Site originally designed by Swedish […]

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