Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils
- SCALA Civic Building of the Year, 2007
- Civic Trust Mention, 2007
The existing 22 acre crematorium site lies within the green belt and the Chilterns area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Extensive consultations were undertaken with the client and users to reshape the operation of the crematorium. From this a new master plan for the site was created, followed by the design for a second chapel as well as ancillary spaces, car parking and new floral tribute viewing areas.
The volumes of the new buildings are defined through the use of materials that echo those of the existing chapel. Copper, brick and glass are combined with dynamic timber, planar roofs and canopies, to enclose and define spaces within the regenerated woodland setting.
A curving copper wall guides the visitors along the new chapel, awash with light and rain, set against dramatic canopies protecting against the elements.
Described as a ‘Tardis’ by the Rector of Amersham, the built form and choice of materials, help diminish the scale of external appearance, whilst capturing an intensely light, spacious and tactile environment within.
Extensive use of daylight, views out and the introduction of natural materials were central to the creation of a series of spaces that through plan and section are both light and open, yet still private and personal.
Photography by Dennis Gilbert/View