The Diamond Hill Crematorium provides people with the opportunity to mourn their loved ones in an environment dominated by tranquility and comfort. The design, created by Architectural Services Department, was inspired by the old Chinese ritual of climbing the mountain to pay respect to one's ancestors. The focus of the design was to create an environment that fosters healing and honors the dead.
The crematorium is located in Hong Kong, next to the columbarium designed by the same firm. Located in Diamond Hill, the crematorium was created with the idea that “death is not the end” and there is “life after death.” This is reflected in the way that water is recycled in the lily ponds and the numerous circular pathways.
To emulate the traditional mountain journey, flights of landscaped steps allow people to access the niches on various floors and reconnect with nature. Natural ventilation, skylights and slit windows ensure optimal levels of comfort. Diamond Hill Crematorium aims to provide a calm, soothing and dignified place created through the axial symmetrical disposition of the main service halls and the landscape podium.
The crematorium comprises two distinct zones: the ground floor level for vehicle drop-off and building services installations, and the podium level where service halls, lily ponds and landscaping area are located. Fragrant and brightly colored plants were selected for the garden in order to remind mourners of the beauty of nature and encourage them to celebrate life.