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Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten

  • 01:00 - 23 January, 2013
Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten
Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten, © Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

© Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén © Mattias Hamrén +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Axel Schultes Architekten, Frank Schultes Witt
  • Design

    Axel Schultes, Charlotte Frank
  • Project Management

    Margret Kister, Christoph Witt
  • Collaborators

    Daniela Andresen, Bob Choeff, Patrick Dierks, Christian Helfrich, Andreas Schuldes, Till Waninger
  • Project Controlling

    Bonner Ingenieurgemeinschaft Berlin Dipl. Ing. Volker Warnat
  • Structural Engineers

    GSE Saar Enseleit und Partner Berlin IDL Berlin
  • Building Services Engineer

    Brandi Ingenieure Leinfelden
  • Protective Measures

    Dr.-Ing. Manfred Flohrer Berlin
  • Acoustics

    Akustik Ingenieurbüro Moll GmbH Berlin
  • Landscaping

    Hannelore Kossel Strassen- und Grünflächenamt Treptow
  • General Contractor

    Bilfinger + Berger Bauaktiengesellschaft Generalunternehmer Berlin
  • Area

    9339.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

'People die and they are not happy' – architecture can't change that. A place of rest, a space for silence: that is something it still manages to provide, despite the fact that not even stones are as heavy as they were in more solid epochs with a firmer belief in the eternal, as in Saqqara, as in Giza, for example.

© Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

Our final road is uncertain. Neither church nor temple of the dead offer a model for the path to nothingness or angelhood. In lending shape to freedom and necessity, the intensity, the texture of a Maghreb mosque comes closest to meeting the task: a Piazza Coperta, a place in the middle of this cenotaph, where many can assemble and yet the individual is shielded; a catalyst for all our feelings. In this room – 5000 years young – the columns with their capitals of light establish the only reference left to us: a cosmological contrast between populated stacks of clay and the sun with its light.

© Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

The ceremonial halls – two for 50, one for 250 people – are simply boxes of split stone, set open-fronted into a second, slat-steered casing of glass: the departed soul, the coffin, the urn has gone before already, into the realm of light, is at one now with the heavens, the clouds, the trees.

© Mattias Hamrén
© Mattias Hamrén

Like no other building – the Museum in Bonn and the Chancellery in Berlin are no exceptions – this one reflects the unbroken will of the architects. A hollowed, jointless block 50 by 70 meters, 10 meters deep in the earth, 10 meters high above it, one stone, one grave-stone, insisting on the material consistency of its several spaces. And if there were a word of truth in Ludwig Wittgenstein's claim that architecture 'compels and glorifies; that where there is nothing to glorify there can be no architecture', then this structure glorifies the quintessence of architecture, celebrates space, the silence of walls in light.

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d.teil · January 25, 2014

some images looking just weird here, regarding that the columns are in reality round and the space looks in relaity just much more better.

Dong Chuan Kok · January 24, 2013

how come the egg is gone?

Kim · January 24, 2013

This was in the movie Aeon Flux, very interesting post-Tadao Ando architecture...

rodro · January 05, 2015 04:59 PM

this building was made in 1999

Ken Woods · January 24, 2013

no section? no column detail?

stefan · January 24, 2013

impressive since 1999.....

mrswoo · January 23, 2013

That blue colour would depress me unutterably as a grieving relation - but when did architects use colour in anything but a trite and banal way.

Ky · January 05, 2015 08:16 AM

Blue is the calmest color and makes the perceived time in a space to feel less than it actually is. I'm sure the architects had the psychological effects of the color in mind when choosing it. It's better to have receding colors in areas of reflection and contemplation. If the architects had chosen to use an approaching color such as red, orange, or yellow; the spaces would feel a lot more aggressive and actually aggravate the occupants. The building is sensitive to it's users and is hardly trite in it's approach.

Ross · January 24, 2013 12:27 AM

I actually think the blue is pretty soothing color. Maybe the question that should be asked is whether colors and materials should be sympathetic to the emotions of people in the building, or should they try to change the mood of the inhabitants...

If you'd lost a loved one, would you want a person to tell you they understand how hard this must be, or would you want them to try to cheer you up with a funny joke? I could see myself responding well to both, but I would guess that Shultes would lean to the former.


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