A Place to Bid Farewell to the Deceased

Hirosaki City Crematorium

Hirosaki City that has a population of approximately 177,000 is home to eight works by Japan’s leading architect, Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986), spanning from his very first work to those completed in last years of his career. The Hirosaki City Crematorium is one of Maekawa’s final works. Since the building was both established and is operated by the city, it was necessary to refrain from appropriating any vocabulary that would implicate a specific religion. Nevertheless, Maekawa had implemented the project impressively. For example, the cremation room is separated from the place where the family and acquaintances wait by means of a passageway, while at the same time visually connecting both through a rock garden that permeates with a calm and serene atmosphere. It is a consideration that enables people to quietly see through the “final moments” of those who have passed away.

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  • Hirosaki City Crematorium

    Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture

    Kunio Maekawa

    1983

  • Hirosaki City Crematorium

    Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture

    Kunio Maekawa

    1983