Participation of A&D in the architectural ideas competition “Cremation Centre”
The theme of the architectural ideas competition, held by Municipality of Patras, was the creation of a Cremation Centre in the industrial park in Patras, Peloponnese, Greece.
The architectural idea of A&D Architects and Designers aims both at highlighting the right to religion freedom and personal philosophical aspect of life and death and combining the ceremony with the procedure of cremation. The key elements of the composition are the Water, which embraces the building and symbolizes the cleansing of the soul of the dead, and the spiral Hill and the Tree at the top, which symbolizes the time, the continuity of life and the return to the centre.
The design is highly eco-friendly and intends to unify nature, life and death. The building becomes one with nature, the water represents life and its function embodies fatality. It feels as if it emerges from the ground allowing a glimpse of the water, the hill and the serene surrounding landscape. An ecological building with planted roofs, photo-voltaic on the roof above the Ceremony Hall, water which apart from its soothing properties, will also serve for the cooling, but also as a backup fire protection of the building. The building's main materials will be concrete and glass, while the exterior rusty metal of the Incinerator will signify that life is perishable.