Community space

The first floor compromises of a community space, an event space and a death design retail space. My aim for this space is for it to embody the restoration-oriented stage of grief. This community space will be open at night after the crematorium has closed. This is an open and airy space that aims to help the grieving try new things and reconnect with the world after their loss.

This is an open and airy space which aims to help the grieving try new things and reconnect with the world after their loss. On the occasions that the crematorium curtains are open, this space will be still be open to the public, but it will be used to witness the cremation service below.

Community area

This is an open and airy space which aims to help the grieving try new things and reconnect with the world after their loss. On the occasions that the crematorium curtains are open, this space will be still be open to the public, but it will be used to witness the cremation service below.
During my research I Found that 77% of Britons find it hard to talk about death. The event space aims to shift this cultural narrative that talking about death with other people is taboo or uncomfortable by providing a multi-functional space that educates, supports and connects the surrounding community to the subject of death. This is a multipurpose space, during the day it will be used by families who are wishing to rewatch family videos to remember the bereaved at any point after the crematorium experience. This allows families to re connect with their shared grief in a safe environment and also celebrate their deceased loved one. There is also an opportunity for those using the digital death pods to select videos and photos that they want to share with their family for this experience. At night it is a death education space, working to educate people on wider death culture, from art to science, this space connect wider topics such race, gender and class to death and death culture.

Event space

During my research I Found that 77% of Britons find it hard to talk about death. The event space aims to shift this cultural narrative that talking about death with other people is taboo or uncomfortable by providing a multi-functional space that educates, supports and connects the surrounding community to the subject of death. This is a multipurpose space, during the day it will be used by families who are wishing to rewatch family videos to remember the bereaved at any point after the crematorium experience. This allows families to re connect with their shared grief in a safe environment and also celebrate their deceased loved one. There is also an opportunity for those using the digital death pods to select videos and photos that they want to share with their family for this experience. At night it is a death education space, working to educate people on wider death culture, from art to science, this space connect wider topics such race, gender and class to death and death culture.
The death design space showcases contemporary designers who are re-designing urns, coffins, and caskets to make them more sustainable. These objects challenge the somber and ‘taboo’ feeling surrounding death by introducing objects in domestic settings with bright colours and sleek designs. This space functions like any store where people can come and purchase sustainable death designs which can be kept in their home as decor until they pass. By interacting with these products during the users’ lifetime, they are encouraged to reflect and familiarise themselves with their mortality in a setting that feels safe to them.

death design retail space

The death design space showcases contemporary designers who are re-designing urns, coffins, and caskets to make them more sustainable. These objects challenge the somber and ‘taboo’ feeling surrounding death by introducing objects in domestic settings with bright colours and sleek designs. This space functions like any store where people can come and purchase sustainable death designs which can be kept in their home as decor until they pass. By interacting with these products during the users’ lifetime, they are encouraged to reflect and familiarise themselves with their mortality in a setting that feels safe to them.