Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki uses a transition space to elevate the crematorium's customary banality and create an uplifting place that comforts the grief-stricken. In his Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium in Nakatsu, Maki achieves this by creating a chamber with no roof. Akin to James Turrell's Roden Crater, Maki's own sculptural building leads visitors to stare in wonder at the heavens above. The crematorium offers a space in which to contemplate the hereafter, and the here and now.
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Source: The Age