Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim
by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

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A sharply pointed gable rises above the walls of this stone funeral chapel in a small German town by Bayer & Strobel Architekten (+ slideshow).

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

The triangular profile frames the interior of a double-height funeral hall, which is lit from above by a long narrow skylight.

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

"To do justice to its significance within the cemetery complex, the funeral is clearly marked with a gabled roof," said architect Peter Strobel. "This creates an interior that feels dignified and solemn as well as simple and appropriate to its purpose."

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Glass walls allow guests to look out from the hall to two private courtyards, which are enclosed behind the stone facade of the building.

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Strobel explained how the walls "block off the cemetery from the street, enclosing it as a place of peace and contemplation."

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Other rooms in the building are arranged in a single block that runs alongside the chapel, providing a series of smaller meeting rooms and waiting areas.

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Other memorial buildings we've featured include a boulder-shaped mausoleum in Mexico and a chapel with a copper roof in Finland.

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

See more chapels on Dezeen »

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Photography is by the architects.

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Project Details:

Competition: 10/2008 - Bayer & Strobel Architekten with jbbug Landschaftsarchitekten
Project start: 06/2009

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Start of construction: 01/2011
Completion: 05/2012

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Client: Stadt Ingelheim am Rhein
Architect: Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Co-worker: Christian Köhler
Landscape architect: jbbug Johannes Böttger Büro Urbane Gestalt

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Structural engineer: Ingenieur-Gesellschaft Tragwerk Angnes + Rohde mbH
Mechanical services: Planungsbüro Stoffel

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Cross section one - click above for larger image

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Cross section two  - click above for larger image

Funeral Chapel in Ingelheim Frei-Weinheim by Bayer & Strobel Architekten

Long section - click above for larger image

  • paul

    Put me in a box and ship me over there! Pure architecture at it’s finest.

    • mrswoo

      What he said. Where do I sign?

  • jeff

    Look at the last picture: a complete sense of stillness… time becomes space

  • http://www.alm-arq.com Luis

    Great design! A masterpiece.

  • Jack

    I still prefer Gunnar Asplund Cemetery in Stockholm.

  • Juraj

    Similar concept as Funeral Chapel in Modra, Slovakia. The Chapel was built in 2007 and received architecture award CE.ZA.AR 2008 and various nominations. http://www.azprojekt.sk/index.php?l=sk&id=a-m

  • Jay

    Great photos!