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In urban India, funerary sites are often cold and impersonal, reduced to places of mere function by rampant development and overcrowding. Responding to this and the rapid erasure of public space in cities across the country, Ahmedabad-based d6thD Design Studio has proposed a new approach to the conventional crematorium that strives to remedy both. By combining ceremonial and social functions in a split-level riverside park, the firm’s Udan Crematorium embodies the optimism of life-after-death inherent in Hindu belief.

Accented by niches for murals and idols, the inset stone path leads toward the two pavilions.

Nestled in the small town of Amalsad in the country’s west, the landscape is a space for final goodbyes and...

In Rural India, a Verdant Crematorium Bridges Life and Death

Part public park, part funerary site, d6thD Design Studio’s Udan Crematorium celebrates the world’s natural cycles.

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