Crematory in Igualada

Igualada, Spain

Carme Pinós set up her own studio in 1991 after winning international recognition for her work with Enric Miralles. She has worked on numerous projects ranging from urban refurbishments and public works to furniture design. Her sharp approach to design, anchored by a constant focus on experimentation and research, has made her work garner worldwide recognition. Her most significant recent works include the design of the MPavilion 2018 in Melbourne, the architectural set composed by Gardunya Square, Massana School of Arts, the Masterplan for the historical centre of Saint Dizier (France), the Departments Building of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), the Cube Towers in Guadalajara (Mexico) She was named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and RIBA International Fellow in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to architecture.

Crematory in Igualada Spain, 2014 – 2016
Description: This project responds to our desire to integrate the new building in the cemetery grounds without distorting the great poetics these emanate.
We have located the crematorium on the top of a hill that holds the chapel and other installations, in such a way that the new building cannot be seen from the cemetery. Nevertheless, from it you can still perceive the atmosphere and beauty of the cemetery itself.
The driving force behind this project is to understand the situation the program implies with utmost sensitivity. Our approach has been to relate to nature by generating a dialogue between the visitors and the distant landscape seen from the large windows of the building.
The slightly raised location of the crematorium also responds to this idea, thus it is situated just above a set of aromatic plants.Our intention is to convey the sensation of being on a different level to that on which our daily lives happen and which relates us to that life.
Despite the fact that it could be considered a purely technical building, we wanted to give it all the poetics required by the frame of mind of those who will visit the space.
We have used materials that relate the building to the cemetery. On the one hand, the concrete a predominant material in the cemetery- gives the crematorium a sculptural character while, on the other, the ceramic
enclosure gives it a less monolithic and more welcoming dimension.

Location: Igualada’s Cemetery Park Barcelona, Spain
Client: Funeraria Anoia, S.L. (Private)
Architect: Carme Pinós Desplat
Project Manager: Samuel Arriola
Design Team: Elsa Marti, Jeanne de Bussac
Start / Completion: 2014/2016
Project site Area: 1248 m2
Construction Area:252 m2
Structural Engineer: Manuel Arguijo i Associats
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer & Costs: INDUS Ingeniería y Arquitectura SA Constructor: Costructora Calaf SA
Architecture models & Rendering: Estudio Carme Pinós
Photographs: Estudio Carme Pinós
Jesús Arenas (with copyright) Jordi Bernadó (with copyright)

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