|INITIATION| The client PHOENIX FOUNDATION with local Municipal Corporation undertook the task of accomplishing this state of the art crematorium from a neglected crematory in the foot of Jubilee Hills,Hyderabad, india. As an already existing 3.7 acre crematory/cemetery, the initiative was to accommodate the Hindu cremation rituals, culturally and contextually.
|Philosophy| In Hindu Philosophy of Ģta Life’s purpose is fulfilled when one goes through the 16 phases called Shodasha Samskara. Death in Hindu Philosophy is but a journey in search of perfection and eventual Moksha.
|Ritual| Antyeșṭi, the final stage of life is the funeral ritual. Divided into 5 major stages- preparation, cremation, mourning, purification and commemoration- the last rite is fulfilled.
|Concept| lamenting the lost, the built forms are shaped in such a way that; Pavilions embrace to console the loved ones, Waiting halls silently bow in honour, & Pyres open up to liberate the lost in a farewell. |Symbol| Every step, every stone & every turn empathises with the loss and lost as much as it was for the living and the life shared. It symbolizes the significance of love and loss as continuity.
|Form/Technology| Selected poems from the scripture Ģta cast onto the precast walls were assembled on site in a month. The cavumaedium forms with their angular tendencies behold the culture and concept. Wall surfaces are splash over texture finished adding the wrinkle of the wise to these lone standing structures.
|Function| Due to building on an existing crematory, the open land pockets left a scattered layout to the built forms. resulting in a organic layout of spaces.