Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium

Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium has a fluid appearance that blends smoothly with the surrounding ancient burial mounds and cemetery. Starting with the building approach, transitional spaces are emphasized; each ceremonial function space (funeral hall, cemetery, and waiting lounge) is kept at a specific distance from the next to allow for pause and reflection. On the exterior, a different geometry and materiality was given to each section. The use of these different materials - brick, Corten steel, and concrete - also allows the building to be read as a sculpture in the park.

Location: Nakatsu, Oita, Japan
Completion Date: 1997
Building Type: Crematorium
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: 2 Stories
Site Area: 33,317m²
Building Area: 2,515m²
Total Floor Area: 2,260m²
Structural Engineer: Hanawa Structural Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Sogo Consultants
■ URL
http://kazenooka-nakatu.jp/
■ Publication
Fumihiko Maki(PHAIDON)
Shinkenchiku:1997.7
GA JAPAN:1997. No.27, 1996. No.18
Nikkei Architecture:1997.6.30
■ Awards / Competition
Togo Murano Award(1998), Building Contractors Society Prize(1998), Public Building Association Award(2002)