The headquarters of the Bestattung Wein GmbH and Friedhöfe Wien GmbH funeral parlor in Vienna brings light to a dark part of human culture.
With client experience in mind, the upper levels are reserved for office and employee use while the remaining space is used for funeral operations. According to Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, “In order to encounter the sensitive handlings of clients in funeral services in an appropriate way, open reception areas alternate with introverted discretion zones for sales and counseling conversations.”
While the shape of the building itself is simple it offers a modern interpretation of mortuary design. Using Alucobond custom grey and anodized aluminum composite panels and high-glass the exterior appears light and airy. The infiltration of sunlight through the glass exterior contrasts the hardships and inevitable sadness of operations within.
The architects explain that their decisions in terms of materials were dependent on durability, low maintenance and sustainability. The use of natural looking materials, aluminum, glass, and stone, mimic the surrounding landscape allowing the building to blend in with the environment.
The main entrance way is paved in stone masonry and showcases sample tombstones, while open courtyards throughout feature lush greenery. The modern and simplistic nature of the building’s design creates positive emotions like tranquility and ease.
information courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
photography courtesy of © Hertha Hurnaus
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