This is a funeral hall planned next to Kamiainoura Station in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The site is surrounded by residential areas and parks, and the mountain can be seen. Therefore, it was required to harmonize with the quiet surrounding environment including the unmanned station. When we observed the site, we could see the scenery of the station and the funeral hall overlapping. At the station, people are standing across the railroad tracks, waiting for trains to go to different places. At the funeral hall, people line up to see off the deceased. Therefore, we planned to make the passage for the hearse parallel to the railroad tracks. By covering the passage with two folded-plate roofs, the carriage porch and the architecture were integrated. This layout plan follows two contexts on the platform: a “small folded- plate roof” and “two station buildings across the railroad tracks.” Here, the sound of railroad crossings occasionally echoes, and sunlight illuminates the see-off space through the cuts in the roof. As the deceased leaves far away, the sound and light of the environment create an atmosphere of being close to the bereaved family.
Program : Funeral Hall Site
Site area: 2,314.68 ㎡
Building area: 467.54 ㎡
Total area: 463.73 ㎡
Floor: One Story
Architect : Yu Momoeda, Naoya Isemoto, Marika Hamaguchi
(YU Momoeda Architects)
Structural Engineer : Kosuke Araki
Completion : Mar. 2021
Construction : YAMAKAWAGIKEN Co.,Ltd.
Photo : YASHIRO PHOTO OFFICE