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Treptow Crematorium


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Aside from its routine function, Treptow Crematorium has become an object of study for students and contemporary architecture enthusiasts from all over the world. It was built between 1996 and 1998, and was designed by Axel Schultes with Charlotte Frank, who shortly afterwards also designed the not-very-highly-regarded Chancellor‘s Office.
More fascinating than the building itself is the inner space, the high hall, which has been compared to Stonehenge, Carnac or the Mosque at Cordoba. Twenty-nine concrete supports, smooth as marble, rise from the ground like trees at irregular intervals, and give structure to the rectangular Hall of the Dead. Here their tops have circular crowns of daylight where they break through the ceiling, and a mirror-like circular pool lies in the centre of this vast grove of pillars. 
The geometrical clarity and the control of material and light in the crematorium is breathtaking. By creatively drawing on cultures from all over the world, the architects allow the visitor to experience a unique, deep and multi-layered sense of the space. With this building Schultes and Frank are amongst just a handful of contemporary architects who have had the courage to interpret the sacred – successfully, as both visitors and users of the building can testify.
Address: Kiefholzstr. 221, 12437 Berlin, +49 (0)30 63958121
Hours of opening: Mon-Fri 9.00-15.00
Bus, Tube, Tram: S8, S9, S46, S47 Baumschulenweg; Bus 166 Krematorium Baumschulenweg