Crematorium in Oslo

Funerals have always been an important ritual in Norwegian culture, and as many other rites of passage, it has traditionally been connected to the church. As the country is steadily secularizing, funerals remain predominately related to the church and religion, in a country where approximately only 46% of the population considers themselves religious. At the same time, crematoriums in Norway have transitioned from being spaces for rituals surrounding the end of life, into a space mostly concerned with efficiency. As consequence, the project intends to create a counterweight to both the institutionalization of crematoriums and the unproportioned reliance of religion in a secular society.