ARHOA FUNERAL HOME
Builders: Keith Walker Construction
Providing peace, calm and reflection in a busy area of Auckland was our main concern in approaching the design of the Aroha Funeral Home.
Our concept was to provide layers of translucency, to curate an experience that would allow visitors to approach the dead as they felt comfortable.
Upon arrival, the body ca be obscured from view. The frosted glass and timber viewing room can be closed up, waiting and ready for the appropriate time. Outside we find comfy sofas and a sunny and warm space to collect our thoughts. Flexibile in that warm, muted tone wool curtains can be drawn to create smaller, more intimate spaces.
This non-denominational space is flexible and welcoming to all creeds and group sizes. A curved translucent curtain can bisect the main space when smaller groups are present, or the entire room can open for larger gatherings.
There are many nooks and quiet spots, places to take a moment on ones own or with someone else. It was important for us to provide a sense of privacy but not isolation.
Built from American Ash timber, frosted glass and wool, the material palette is muted and accommodating. Flowers or families items can provided colour and texture if needed. The space is a vessel, accommodating and flexible, not imposing its aesthetics.
The existing carpet remains but has been removed where the timbered main space stands and replaced with a thick and textural wool pile. The transition in floor material helps land the structure and delineate space while not creating conflict in the overall building.
Careful consideration was made towards the functioning of the funeral home: where bodies were dressed, how bodies were moved, flowers stored, hearses accessed. The intervention ties in seamlessly with the functional side of the funeral home.