My heart nearly fell over on itself and started weeping tears of joy when I came across this stunning funeral chapel. Much like the PInoso funeral home in Spain, the Chapel of St. Lawrence in Vantaa, Finalnd gives me hope that in small pockets around the globe, architects and designers are moving the spaces in which we publicly gather and grieve into modern times.
Designed by Avanto Architects, the buildings clean lines and natural materials such as wood and slate, simplify the surroundings and create a serene frame in which to mourn. The functionality has been described on Denzeen:
The experience of the mourner was the basis for the design process. The funeral is a unique and taxing event, and for it to go well and without disturbance is of the utmost importance. The architecture of the chapel is designed to assist the mourner, giving space for grief. The people attending the funeral follow a route through a series of sacral spaces, punctuated by intermediate rooms – along the route there is a continuous skylight. The intermediate spaces prepare the visitors for the next phase of the funeral. It is very silent in the chapel; the acoustics and ventilation have been designed especially with this in mind.
More information on the project can be found here architonic.com