sanchit arora's speculative shadow spaces crematorium in india conceived as a sacred landscape
sanchit arora’s speculative shadow spaces crematorium in india conceived as a sacred landscape
architect sanchit arora of indian firm renesa, speculates on the state of contemporary crematoriums in his thesis work, ‘the shadow spaces’. despite, or perhaps due to, the intimate connection all humans have with death, rituals and their associated settings remain to some a societal taboo. but, arora sees crematoriums as having the potential to be much more than neglected grounds to deal with inevitable details. by connecting india’s religious and ritualistic devotion with architecture that identifies poetic and practical needs, ‘the shadow spaces’ can assume the title of sacred landscape.
‘purifying of soul’ gathering area
images © renesa
the project is located within the city of delhi, where approximately 50 to 55 crematorium-facilities exist currently. few of them are actively used however, for reasons such as: distance, amenities provided, size (delhi’s crematoriums accommodate 5,000-10,000 deaths daily), and physical vicinity to a sacred river (ganges, etc.). ‘the shadow spaces’ observes and remedies issues related to all stated inadequacies, taking instead a holistic approach that considers physical, metaphysical, emotional, and spiritual notions.
path to main funeral grounds
underground electric crematorium and plaza
funeral space: the last ritual rites
children’s graves allocation
walkway to the hall of remembrance
prayer hall and hindu water obligations
prayer hall interior
edited by: nick brink | designboom
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