“Meiso no Mori” was planned to reconstruct a decrepit crematorium as part of a cemetery in a park. This cemetery， which is currentlybeing developed， is located in a serene site， nestled in mountains with various trees and plants in the south and facing a pond in the north.The design brief called for a sublime space appropriate to give the last honors to the deceased， while subtly integrating the surroundinglandscape of the park cemetery. Our idea was to respond not with a conventional massive crematorium but with an architecture of anundulating roof， harmonizing with the landscape and creating a place of quietness and calmness.
We investigated a freely curved reinforced-concrete shell structure to construct a roof characterized by concavities and convexities. Theshape of the roof structure was determined by an algorithm generating the optimum structural solution. Since this type of structuralanalysis resembles the growth patterns of plants which keep transforming following simple natural rules， the process is called “evolution.”A number of simulation tests produced the final shape. The curved line becomes landscape， in harmony with the edge silhouette of thesurrounding mountains. Four structural cores and twelve cone columns with built-in rainwater collection pipes are positioned evenlyunder the roof structure. Ceremonial spaces are placed between the cores and columns effectively. The smooth roof line also articulatesthe ceiling in the interior. Indirect light softly illuminates the curved ceiling and spreads to all directions. The funeral ceremonies will beadministered in this serene space with the expressive nuances of light.