Here, Belgian architecture firm a20 presents their latest project: Statie Stuifduin, a crematorium in Lommel, Belgium. Rather than using explicit religious symbols, these designs blend architecture with landscape, illustrating changing attitudes toward death, burial and the journey of life.
In the book ‘Statie Stuifduin’ Belgian architecture office – and 2019 Mies van der Rohe Award nominee – a2o presents an investigative and connecting approach to architecture through an evocative reading of their latest project, crematorium Statie Stuifduin in Lommel, Belgium.
This thoughtful yet radical design blends architecture and landscape in a succession of spaces that reveals a deep understanding of both the fundamental aspects of and changing attitudes towards death, burial and the journey of life. Rather than through explicit religious symbols, the sacral is represented by the universal power of nature and by Romantic notions of finding meaning in rediscovered nature. In doing so, Statie Stuifduin goes beyond the specifics of the building to explore new visions of what contemporary funeral architecture can be.