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Crematorium of Zaragoza, Spain

Fernando Bayo - Architect

The objective of this restoration project was to find the magic power that any good building should have. In this sense, the layout was redefined, volumes were simplified, new spaces were created that allow more complex fields of vision, the entrance of natural light was outlined, and the whole programme was rationalised to clarify the different uses.

The interiors were adjusted to meet their actual purpose with conviction.  The exterior, forceful and clear, adds beauty to the given building.  The sum of the current fragments becomes an integral whole. It is simplicity that contains major complexity: to remove in order to add. The homogeneity of the materials shall emphasise the power of the building.

On the outside the copper wraps both the given and the new elements.  Behind this plating it is impossible to distinguish the required amplifications of the building. The intention was to unify the building through its organic geometry. The combination of the already existing concrete with copper and glass provides continuity and conviction to the existing fragments.

The interior spaces, however, have been projected individually, giving each of the different rooms its own personality and providing comforting sensations and perceptions to the users when going through the building.  The interior premises are varied and create atmospheres that invite to tranquillity.

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Building

Owner: 
City of Zaragoza
Completion date: 
2011
Country: 
Spain
City: 
Zaragoza

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Churches, religious
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Fernando Bayo
Address & description: 
50001 ZARAGOZACOSO 79-81 10º IZQSpain

Awards

Season: 
2013

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