Monday, February 21, 2011

Finally, Minimalist Architecture Comes to the Funeral Industry

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I know that every time I've been in a funeral home I've thought: "This place is such a design drag." Thankfully, a funeral home in Spain is bringing high concept design (an entirely white chapel with benches!) to the mortuary game.

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From Co. Design:

The Funeral Home and Garden in Pinoso, by COR architects, is audaciously modern, a low-slung boxy thing tucked into a hillside, with a shiny black edifice that’d look terribly morose if not broken up by courtyards and generous stretches of glass.

Indoors, the funeral home is bright white and sparsely decorated with the sort of furniture you might find in the cafe of a modern-art museum. Even the chapel — the nerve center for mourners — manages to look light and airy with an all-white paint job and lots of clerestories.

A chic funeral parlor may seem a bit... misguided. After all, who thinks about architecture after losing a loved one? But that’s precisely what makes this design great: You don’t think about it. It’s so minimal and non-oppressive, it takes a back seat to your bereavement, at least that's the idea.

[HT: Fast Company]

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