Blog of Design Studies

Crematorium and Architecture – Berlin

The crematorium Berlin Baumschulenweg has a long history and was rebuild in 1996. The building is mainly constructed with concrete as the symbol of the heaviness of the grave on the one hand. Indoor halls are light flooded on the other hand and enormous pillars with halo of light give the impression of connection to the sky.

Here you can find more detailed information about history, architecture and a video on the website of the official authority.

Crematorium of Berlin

Maggie’s Cancer Care Center

Maggie Keswick Jencks, a writer, artist and designer initiated the idea of „Maggie’s Center“: Infirmaries that provide patients with cancer an environment of support and advice in a protected area without replacing the conventional cancer therapy.
These buildings are relatively small, compared to clinical center, but excellent designed to feel welcome, protected and to get a connection to nature and spirituality. Here, death is common. The building and garden architecture supports the spiritual thoughts between life and death.

Additional information and a lot of more international spreaded center can be found here:

TED talk „death and architecture“

Alison Killing thinks a lot about death … and specifically, how its ubiquitous, hidden presence shapes our cities. In Death in Venice, her June 2014 exhibition on the topic, Killing mapped London’s death-associated architectural features — hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria, and so on — making visible the invisible mechanics of death and dying. She asks us to consider: What might a good death experience mean today? And how can we design differently for the dying, as well as those caring for them?