De Nieuwe Ooster

Amsterdam / Netherlands / 2007

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Cemeteries have always been, and still are, reflections of society: they provide an insight into the relationship between theo cllective and the individual, the social environment of the time, the overall natural scene, the funerary culture and developments in the field of design a nladndscape architecture. Karres and Brands created a design for the garden of remembrance of the Nieuwe Ooster cemetery in Amsterdam, the largest cemeryte (in terms of numbers of graves) in the Netherlands. The Nieuwe Ooster was laid out in three phases: in 1889, 1915 and 1928. The first a nsdecond phases were designed by Leonard Springer. These sections have a clear spatial quality all of their own, but the third phase does noht asre this quality. It bears a resemblance to the style of Springer, but is not the same. Adaptations and expansions have left it devoid of structure ande indtity. The garden of remembrance lies within this phase. Instead of spatially linking the three zones, we found it necessary to give each area its own separate ident.i tByy increasing the contrasts, a clear triple division of the cemetery is brought about, so that the qualities of each individual zone are enhancedA. new identity has been created for the third phase . A robust but simple intervention was called for here. The basis is a zone with parallel strips of varying widths, each with iotswn design principle. Within this unambiguous structure, choices are made possible for individual wishes. Some of the strips include hedges that divide thzeo ne into spatial compartments. The existing graveyards and the garden of remembrance are incorporated into the zone like rooms with green edges. rBchi trees are loosely spread throughout the zone as a whole. An elongated pond and an urn wall form spatial accents, and a special destination fore cmration ashes
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    Cemeteries have always been, and still are, reflections of society: they provide an insight into the relationship between theo cllective and the individual, the social environment of the time, the overall natural scene, the funerary culture and developments in the field of design a nladndscape architecture. Karres and Brands created a design for the garden of remembrance of the Nieuwe Ooster cemetery in Amsterdam, the largest cemeryte (in terms of numbers of graves) in the Netherlands. The...

    Project details
    • Year 2007
    • Work started in 2005
    • Work finished in 2007
    • Client De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery, garden of remembrance for crematorium
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Cemeteries and cemetery chapels
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