Secular cemetery chapel for urns and ashes
location: Oulu, Finlandsite area: 0.67hausable floor space: 791 m2project: 2002
The main conceptual inspiration was a decayed boat wreck left at the seashore. The transition form culture to nature was translated into the architectural language by the play of masses and volume of light. The path starts among monumental raw forms containing ceremonial functions and continues through a tunnel or the chapel towards an open space, softened and united with the nature forms of garden of ashes and columbarium. The composition axis goes along the wooden bridge, ramp and pier. Sound of steps and water, the smell of wood tar and moist soil can help to sooth and bring calmness.