Studio An Fonteyne

Magnus Lidman

Re-use CIBA


The parking garages in Klybeck consist of one-way ramps going up and down in a double spiral. The continuous forward movement of the gently sloping ramps offer an introspective processional walk. By re-using the structures as a crematorium and columbarium for the storage of ashes, they gain a new meaning, now serving the funeral procession. The function of the crematorium is not new to the site. The neighboring park used to be a cemetery with the first crematorium in Basel, until it was relocated to the outside of the city. Today, since more than eight out of ten funerals involve cremation, there is a growing need for crematoria and columbaria in the expanding city of Basel.

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