Kaan Architecten has designed a crematorium in Belgium with calming and contemplative spaces, using an austere material palette of concrete and grey marble.
The surrounding greenery of Crematorium Siesegem is envisioned as an extension of the building and is an important part of funeral ceremonies.
The south-western corner of the building opens onto a patio and serves as a transitional zone, welcoming visitors and leading them inwards.
Inside, a clear sequence of spaces unfolds so the visitors never feel lost; the architecture offering spatial guidance.
The crematorium encompasses ceremonial halls flanked by a family room and a place for condolences opening towards the outdoors.
The design of the building internalises the landscape so that its tranquility could console visitors and provide strength.