A sharply pointed gable rises above the walls of this stone funeral chapel in a small German town by Bayer & Strobel Architekten (+ slideshow).
The triangular profile frames the interior of a double-height funeral hall, which is lit from above by a long narrow skylight.
"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."
Glass walls allow guests to look out from the hall to two private courtyards, which are enclosed behind the stone facade of the building.
Strobel explained how the walls "block off the cemetery from the street, enclosing it as a place of peace and contemplation."
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.
Photography is by the architects.
Competition: 10/2008 - Bayer & Strobel Architekten with jbbug Landschaftsarchitekten
Project start: 06/2009
Start of construction: 01/2011
Client: Stadt Ingelheim am Rhein
Architect: Bayer & Strobel Architekten
Co-worker: Christian Köhler
Landscape architect: jbbug Johannes Böttger Büro Urbane Gestalt
Structural engineer: Ingenieur-Gesellschaft Tragwerk Angnes + Rohde mbH
Mechanical services: Planungsbüro Stoffel
Ground floor plan - click above for larger image
Cross section one - click above for larger image
Cross section two - click above for larger image
Long section - click above for larger image
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