Public facility, Lviv
Lviv City Crematorium
A very difficult emotionally, but extremely interesting project developed by our architects, which was included in the short list of this year's WAF contest - Crematorium at the Goloskovsky cemetery in the city of Lviv. The monumental image of the building was achieved through the use of simple forms and rough textures of finishing materials. The structure consists of four main functional blocks of different heights made of different materials. The main idea of the architectural and planning solution of the building is the organization of the hall of the last farewell as a place of maximum tension and the last intersection of living people with the dead. The ritual hall combines two different functional blocks, in particular, the block for visitors to the crematorium and the block for the preparation of the dead, which intersect at the place of the last farewell. The line of life and the line of death were reflected in the master plan and planning decisions. The idea of the last intersection of the lines of life and death is the fundamental idea that influenced the formation of planning decisions. In the interior, due to the gradient transition in the wall decoration, mental tension gradually subsides in the direction of movement. A large amount of light at the exit enhances the effect of emotional relief. The lighting solution of the interior expanses is dynamically changing and accompanies visitors all the way. The interior of the hall of the last farewell is the most illuminated room of the crematorium, the light decoration of the walls and floor helps to balance the emotional state during the ceremony, and the organization of a courtyard with a garden for psychological relief is provided. For the same purpose, there is a decorative pool at the exit.