Hofu City Crematorium "Yukyu En"
Hofu City Crematorium
No living being remains in the present world forever. It is the unchangeable rule of the natural world. The great leaders of religion, land and man have not been able to escape death. It is something that we all inevitably face, experience and finally accept. The words of Buddhism teach us that all things in the world do not remain as they are and continue to change; the understanding from this is that we should live our lives to the fullest with no regret.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
At “Yukyu En” Crematorium the facilities are designed around a central courtyard garden.The main garden is a modern kare sansui viewing garden named “Tabidachi no niwa”. Stone arrangements are positioned deep at the back of this garden and represent far away mountains of the afterlife. “Shizume no niwa” Garden is by the burning chamber and is where people close to the deceased bid their final farewell.“Shohka no niwa” Garden is a contemplative spiritual garden that is seen after the cremation.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
“Tabidachi no niwa” filling the back of the garden represents the land of the afterlife, the lush organic space in the near view represents this world. The central white sand symbolically parts the two and is the River Styx. “Shizume no niwa” is deeply connected with the memory of the hometown, which designed to be calm and quiet. “Shohka no niwa” represents the sky and the scenery reflected represents the uncertainty of not remaining as they are.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and the construction period is October 2001, to March 2003.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The stones in this project include Aji stone, Shiraishijima stone, and Inujima stone. Part of the stone were chiseled and processed.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The total site area is about 12,916 square meters, and the building area is about 2,924 square meters.
Landscape, Japanese garden, Masuno Shunmyo, Hofu City, Crematorium
Firstly, we honorize the people who visit the crematorium, and image how they feel when experiencing the space, and then create the design. Secondly, to comfort the people, we attempt to create a calm and quiet space to overcome the sorrow of losing their important person.
The biggest challenge in this project is how to express people’s feeling on death by the mean of landscape.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Shunmyo Masuno+ Japan Landscape Consultants Ltd.
Image #1-5: Photographer Tabata Minao, Hofu City Crematorium, 2003.