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
jul 06, 2016

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.

sanchit arora shadow spaces crematorium concept
‘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

sanchit arora shadow spaces crematorium concept
funeral space: the last ritual rites

children’s graves allocation

walkway to the hall of remembrance 

prayer hall and hindu water obligations

sanchit arora shadow spaces crematorium concept
prayer hall interior


sanchit arora shadow spaces crematorium concept
crematorium masterplan




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edited by: nick brink | designboom



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