Introduction The Northern Cemetery of Leeuwarden was renewed in the 1960s with a new main entrance. Central on the cemetery, at the end of a long driveway, a new auditorium was realized with minimal resources. The space had a strong inward character, and proved to be impractical. It was a small, low building, not at all in balance with the function of the building. Due to the poor condition thorough renovation was urgently needed.
Design By abstracting the buildings mass and facades it gets a more monumental appearance, that has it’s effect at a greater distance. The two end walls are completely transparent. The long facades consist of strips of figured glass in different colors. The colored glass fits well with the many colors that are present in the cemetery. Other important interventions are logistical in nature. The memorial space is moved to the north facade. The relationship between space and cemetery is reinforced by a lawn with focusing fenced hedges. The basement of the auditorium is extensive and formal designed so that the auditorium can take a stronger position central on the cemetery. A separate entrance for the office has been created subordinate to the west façade. The interior is pure without colors. The new seatings are transparent, light-weight and can easily be placed in various configurations. The auditorium which previous appeared a “service building" now after the renovation is the radiant center of the renewed Northern Cemetery.