Johan Celsing Architects was selected via contest to design a new crematorium for the Woodland Cemetery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site outside of Stockholm that was originally designed by Swedish architect Eric Gunnar Asplund. The new crematorium has made the shortlist of 40 projects for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
The end result is a powerful design that commands solitude and prescribes a feeling of calm that suits the site's purpose. Designed with clemency in mind, the interior of the Woodland Cemetery's new crematorium includes untreated concrete walls that aim to serve as a reminder of the construction.
The complex is surrounded by pine trees and includes a courtyard around the entrance, the light from which is multiplied by the white walls, illuminating the spaces with a warm and welcoming light.