Ecumenical crematorium and funeral space
The number of deceased people being buried in coffins is decreasing, while the cremation-rate is constantly increasing. In Hungary 75,000 body cremations are needed annually, and there are only 16 crematoriums available. In the capital, 70 to 90% of funerals are done by cremation technology, while in the countryside the national average is 60%. The popularity of cremation is probably due to the high costs of the grave and burial service.
The site location chosen was Bakonyoszlop in the Veszprém County, as there are not crematoriums in the area. The site is a deserted bauxite mine, where a mass carved into a hillside was designed. The upper part of the basin of the deserted mine, which is richly covered with oaks and birches, surrounds the building.
The morphology of the terrain was also taken into account for the construction of the two-story hillside building. The spaces were initially divided into different volumes according to their function to make the sacred spaces experience decisive, and they were further divided by cut-outs – in some cases through two levels of skylights. The predominant space of the building is the tree nursery and the funeral space, which are the biggest volumes of the building emerging from the hillside.