De Nieuwe Ooster shortlisted for Geurt Brinkgreve Award
The redesign of the entrance area of De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery is one of three projects nominated for the Geurt Brinkgreve Award 2015. This prize is awarded annually by the city of Amsterdam to the best initiative in the field of redeveloping or renovating a heritage site. The prize is intended for a building that has acquired a new and appropriate function that does justice to the structure and where the interventions strengthen or restore its cultural and historical values.
De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery in Amsterdam was designed by landscape architect Springer in 1889. He created a landscaped park with a symmetrical entrance area, which was completed with neo-Renaissance buildings designed by architect Weissman. In 1939 the central reception building was replaced with an auditorium by city architect Leupen.
Bierman Henket architecten designed and supervised the redevelopment of the entrance area, in close collaboration with landscape architects Karres+Brands. Later additions were demolished, and functions have been reorganized and adapted to meet current standards within the framework of the listed building. New volumes are light and open in form, and the original geometric composition has been restored.
The auditorium by Leupen has been renovated and extended with a crematorium, featuring a lifting structure placed along the axis to the cemetery. At the end of the cremation ceremony, the coffin is raised to the crematorium on the first floor. Here the next of kin can accompany the deceased to the furnace. In this way, the ceremony devised by Leupen is complemented with a contemporary ceremony of cremation.
The Barenloods building has been transformed into a small auditorium. An intricate structure of zinc pitched roofs resting on columns and wooden walls folds around the monumental building. This extension contains the reception spaces, a coffee room and technical rooms.
The winner of the Geurt Brinkgreve Award 2015 will be announced on 10 December during a festive evening in VEN (former KPN building in Sloterdijk).