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Crematorium Baumschulenweg / Shultes Frank Architeckten

  • 00:00 - 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
  • Category

  • 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 m2
  • 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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