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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Cemetary Service Building at Ulriksdal in Stockholm, Sweden by Petra Gipp Arkitektur and In Praise of Shadows

 
December 21st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Petra Gipp Arkitektur and In Praise of Shadows

We see a cemetery as a place which is naturally linked to life. To the development of life through time and through the world, something wandering which suddenly one day can end. A demystified relationship to death makes life easier to live.

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

  • Architects: Petra Gipp Arkitektur AB and In Praise of Shadows AB
  • Project: Cemetary Service Building at Ulriksdal
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Collaborators: Petra Gipp, Katarina Lundeberg, Maria Videgård and Fredric Benesch
  • Client: Solna Kyrkogårdsförvaltning and Svenska Kyrkan
  • Contractor: Sundvalls Byggnads AB
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman
  • Project year: 2008 – 2011
  • Project area: 670 sqm

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

Our proposal for a service building at the Ulriksdal Cemetery inserts itself in the rich, magnificent nature of the site. Two volumes at an angle, open up to the northwest and are supplemented with an ancillary building. The volume of the workshop reaches up towards the slope where oak trees grow, pointing in the direction of a future chapel. The long concrete facade with its relief effect, stretches out to form a back drop for the cemetery and separates its tranquility from the activity of the courtyard of the service building.

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

The service building consists of two different volumes in two different materials, concrete and wood, holding each other. In the meeting between the volumes, the circulation occurs in the form of a cast in place concrete staircase which constitutes the nave between workshops, administration and staff.

 

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

This is a place for all faiths and for this reason it addresses the passage from life to death from a humanistic perspective rather than one associated with any particular religion. For the people working at the cemetery with the park, the graves, interment, we want the building to have dignity and provide beautiful spaces as well as carefully balanced light and outlooks from the different functions.

 

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

The service building is constructed out of truly sustainable materials which will age naturally and beautifully. The concrete stairs and the floors are cast in place and by choice the traces and defects from the casting process have been left visible. The prefabricated concrete elements of the facade show both their faces, the smooth faces outwards and the more coarse faces inwards. Wood facades and interior walls are built out of long boards of fir, treated with a coat of linseed oil on the exterior but untreated inside the building. Passive, natural ventilation and geothermal heating. The green roof is made of sedum while the detailing is zinc. The inner courtyard facade with its recessed doors and the windows of the administration unit, provide a quiet work space as well as the opportunity to see into the administration building.

 

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

The building forms an entryway into the park and cemetery. A building that states its practical function, draws on the industrial but also expresses something of pride and ease which resonates with the free design of the cemetery.

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

Image Courtesy Åke E:son Lindman

Ground floor plan

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