Woodland Crematorium
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Architect Erik Gunnar Asplund
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Location Stockholm, Sweden   map
Date 1935 to 1940   timeline
Building Type burial center
 Construction System landscape, masonry
Climate cold
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes blending of architecture and landscape


Photo, landscape overview


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Discussion Woodland Crematorium Commentary

"Asplund was entrusted with designing the crematorium at the Woodland Cemetery, which in turn completed the landscaping. Two small chapels and a large one are linked by technical facilities at the rear and on the lower floor. The front is dissolved into separate units of a reticent character, stepping slowly upwards to the temple-like hall. 'The monumental quality', Asplund writes, 'was deliberately reserved for the 'Biblical' landscape'.

"All the chapels are made to centre 'round their essential meaning, round the difficult moment of parting'. The focal point is occupied by the catafalque and coffin. The entire floor of the big Chapel of the Holy Cross is hollowed out towards the coffin, which is lowered by means of a lift when the ceremony is over."

— Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. p120.

Sources on Woodland Crematorium

Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. ISBN 0-8478-0678-2. NA1293.A8C3513. interior photo of holy cross chapel, p126, plate 177. exterior elevation photo of chapel of hope, p124, plate 174. exterior photo of monument hall, p126, plate 176. exterior photo of way of the cross, p123, plate 1173. p120.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. reduction diagram, p211. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Earl Moursund, University of Oregon (was Donald Coner and Jenny Young). Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.69. exterior overview of buildings and landscape.

Dan Cruickshank, ed. AJ Masters of Building, Erik Gunnar Asplund. Article by James Codrington Forsyth. Photographs by Martin Charles. London: The Architect's Journal, 1988. ISBN 1-870308-35-2. NA1293.A8A77. p103-115.

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. exterior photo, p154. — Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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