Bushy Cemetery

United Kingdom / 2017

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We worked closely with the United Synagogue on this project to enlarge the UK’s most significant Jewish cemetery, a 16-acre site of outstanding natural beauty in London’s Green Belt, and to create two new prayer halls.


APPROACH
The process of the Jewish funeral defined the design for the extended site; we carefully landscaped each point in the processional ceremony to provide contemplative settings and views, harnessing the site’s established trees as key pivot points.


DESIGN
The prayer halls, discretely embedded into a low corner of the sloping landscape, are constructed from solid rammed earth walls – an ancient building method that is at once natural and sustainable and durable and strong.


Connected by a cloistered timber colonnade, the earthen prayer halls are lined in English Oak, with sections of the rammed earth left exposed in the ceremonial spaces. Corten steel doors complement the natural material palette, and the calm internal environments are accentuated with subtle, low lighting.


A linear reed bed park, including ponds, weirs and swails, facilitates water attenuation and enhances biodiversity, whilst providing the halls with a tranquil waters edge setting.

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    We worked closely with the United Synagogue on this project to enlarge the UK’s most significant Jewish cemetery, a 16-acre site of outstanding natural beauty in London’s Green Belt, and to create two new prayer halls. APPROACHThe process of the Jewish funeral defined the design for the extended site; we carefully landscaped each point in the processional ceremony to provide contemplative settings and views, harnessing the site’s established trees as key pivot...

    Project details
    • Year 2017
    • Work finished in 2017
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Cemeteries and cemetery chapels
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