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Crematorium Siesegem Aalst

Together with Kaan Architecten, we built a new crematorium in Aalst.
1st prize category religious buildings Made I Milan (2019)
  • Architect: Kaan Architecten with Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Intercommunale Westlede

  • Surface: 4.400 m²

  • Budget: € 10.000.000

  • Timing: 2012 - 2018

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee

The design emphasizes the close relationship between the building and the natural surroundings. The interior spaces are oriented within the landscape so that enclosed patios arise to help diminish the distinction between the inside and the outside.

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Choice of materials and detailing

The choice of materials and detailing are very important to achieve an undisturbed atmosphere. For the exterior, KAAN Architecten chose the ordinance of exposed concrete, while the interior walls have a matt, slightly uneven cementation. The ceiling has a rough, sprayed finish to achieve a good acoustic experience befitting such a building typology. Oak parquet floors were chosen in the family rooms and coffee rooms. All spaces express the essence of the architecture. Ceppo di Gré marble plays an extremely important role here. After cutting the blocks, the slabs, measuring 2.4 metres by 1 metre, were arranged with the aim of creating a visually coherent pattern. This method was applied to the floors and walls. The same marble was used for the reception area in the central reception hall, for the bar, pupiter, catafalks and high skirting boards in the interior patios.

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Sustainability is the design's backbone and is reflected in the use of renewable and low-carbon materials, state-of-the-art heat recovery systems and zero-energy consumption.
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Legible and clear

Crematoria in Belgium traditionally have a more complex organisation than in other countries. Gathering with family and friends for a meal is an important part of this. The input and experience of the client and the dialogue with the architect were crucial to the project. KAAN Architects designed a clear, legible building in which signage has been reduced to a minimum. The architecture is not just a succession of spaces, but offers a spatial orientation that ensures visitors never feel lost. The interior evokes emotions, brings calm and promotes reflection.

As an executive architect, we help the designing architects with all technical and financial issues, so that they can fully focus on the design. We also monitor the implementation and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can make our dreams come true.

Meet our project team

From Team Architecture (public sector Flanders) (2)

Gert 569 A0619 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Gert Biebauw

Project architect
Financial director
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ILZE 9 6 23 569 A8885 Gemiddeld

arch. ilze De Backer

Project architect
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From Team Sustainability, Energy & Comfort (1)

Jona 569 A6702 Large

ir. arch. Jona Van Steenkiste

Energy and sustainability advisor
EPB reporter
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