Rotterdam-based architectural firm KAAN Architecten was founded in 2014 by Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio. The team of KAAN Architecten operates in a global context and merges practical and academic expertise within the fields of architecture, urbanism and research on the built enviroment.
Presented below — Crematorium Heimolen, is a construction situated at the Heimolen cemetery in the city of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. The aim was to create a programme, that incorporates two parts — a ceremonial and a technical one, the crematorium proper. The two buildings have the same footprint area, but are separated from one another.
"The technical building is a volume on a clean platform, the reception building is a roof wrapping and embedding public functions. Emptiness, space and clarity predominate in the ceremonial building. A large window offers a contemplative view of the cemetery and landscape, the floor-to-ceiling doors give the room a dramatic quality, and the perforation of the ceiling with round lights reinforces the solemn atmosphere. The use of natural stone and wood enables concentration and ease of thoughts. The actual crematorium building owes its character to the façade composed of concrete cassette tiles, with a sprawl of sun light dots that show it as a beauty box without giving away its content,” described the architects.