Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roskilde Krematorium

Today I drove down to  Roskilde to pick up some interesting and rare Wegner chairs I had bought (but more on them later). I went by the crematory, a stunningly simple exhibiton of roman brick, bronze and copper, and oak and leather on the inside, created by a young Henning Larsen in 1963. The three buildings surround an intimate courtyard, and is flanked by a beautiful graveyard. The asymetric shape of the chapel hall does bring to mind Sigurd Lewerentz 1925 Chapel of the Resurrectioninterestingly enough. I take it that even then architects were inspired by the strange neo-classicism of Skogskyrkogården.

My pictures weren't very good, so you'll have to do with these nice vintage ones:

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