Reflections beyond the drafting board
Death as a natural part of life
I started to be interested in funerals, and the various post-mortem rituals of different communities. I realised there are differences between Taoist rituals for different Chinese dialect groups. I started trying to understand how Malay-Muslim rites for the deceased were conducted
Bereavement in Singapore
In a land-scarce, multi-religious and multi-racial society like Singapore, there is a lot of sensitivity for the religious burial needs within tight land constraints. Although cremation is popular, the country accepts that burial remains a preference for some, and even mandatory for some religious groups.
Working on Choa Chu Kang Cemetery
Location of cemeteries and public after-death facilities in Singapore(Graphic: SJ Architecture)
Memorial spaces for those we love
In the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, there are areas with burial crypts for Muslims, Taoists, Christians and Hindus. The Christian Cemetery is further demarcated into Roman
Catholic and Protestant Divisions, and also features Lawn Cemeteries.
The CBS solved these problems, simply by having burial crypts fashioned out of prefabricated reinforced concrete structures without a base, with features that are designed to meet the burial requirements for various religious groups.
Other than the crypts, and roads and footpaths, we have also designed the pavilions within the cemetery, which was planned to allow each pavilion to be within one-minute walk from anywhere within the cemetery grounds, to provide shelter for visitors from weather conditions.
Space for the living to remember
Ongoing (Last development phase)
Du Peng (Project Lead / SO Rep – First 2 development phases)
Koh Wei Kiang (Planning and Project Lead – All phases and Masterplan / SO Rep – Last 2 development phases)