Peter Behrens, Crematorium in Hagen-Delstern, Germany, (1906-1907)
“At Düsseldorf, Behrens became very interested in the Theosophist geometry of Lauweriks and De Bazel. Behrens went all the way with this geometry in a number of his subsequent buildings, especially the Crematorium in Hagen. Walter Gropius implied that Behrens had gone too far, but that he had always liked the Crematorium.”
- Stanford Adams, from “Considering Peter Behrens”
Designing with the strict geometric principles of closed, cubic symmetry in mind, Behrens’ was able to make his relatively small structure seem monumental. His design is equally indebted to the strong lineaments of art nouveau as to the purely functional practicality for which He was later known.
The crematorium opened in 1911, while cremation was still illegal in Germany.
Crematorium at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY
The Royal Gaitor. This is the place where royals were cremated, but it’s probably the prettiest crematorium you’ll ever see. More info:
Gaitor was designated as the royal cremation grounds of the mighty Kachhawa dynasty. It was constructed during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II, in white marble. The crematorium is located in the middle of yellow sandstone hills.
Gaitor is located on the Jaipur-Amber road which is around 15 from Jaipur. Gaitor word is believed to be the mispronounced form of a Hindi phrase ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means ‘resting place of the departed souls’.
Most of the Chattris or cenotaphs at Gaitor take the form of open pavilions with ornate domes supported by delicately sculpted pillars. The cenotaphs reflect typical Rajput style of architecture. The décor and extravagance of a particular Chattri reflects the stature and prowess of a particular king. The most graceful and beautiful Chattri at Gaitor is that of Maharaja Jai Singh with 20 carved pillars. No wonder you would be amazed to see such a beautiful cenotaph. Architectural extravagance does define the royal crematorium. It seems that the rulers made sure even the cemeteries looked interesting.
The cenotaphs at Gaitore are a perfect combination of Hindu and Islamic architecture. The carvings and design of each cenotaph reflects the taste of the king for whom it was built.
Krematorium in Wedding Berlin. The detail on the gates are flames… so graphic…
Agecroft cemetery and crematorium is the most recent of its’ kind in the Salford Manchester district. Built in 1903, it has to date, nearly 54,000 internments and since it opened in 1957.