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St John's Lounge - Purewa Cemetery

As the final resting place for over 55000 people, Purewa focuses on providing a range of options for bereaved families. St John’s lounge complements the existing facilities both in function and aesthetics. The strong linearity of the form is striking while the simplicity and natural materiality allow the building to soften into the landscape.

Creating a space that needs to be meaningfully inhabited by as little as 25 people or as many as 300 meant that a sensibility of scale was crucial to a successful design. The north and south ends of the building provide distinct experiences: one is a calm, reflective and relatively enclosed area – the other a livelier and more social space. The outcome is a responsive environment that allows the visitor a multiplicity of experience and ensures that St John’s lounge can comfortably cater for groups of various sizes.