I was perusing the list of this year's AIA Institute Honor Awards, full of buildings either boring or awful, when I found myself staring at this. This is a mausoleum, the sort of depressing place where one's loved ones rest in drawers, but I like it.
It is just the sort of building that I would like to see more of: not brutalism or Bauhaus or bland postmodernism, nor just a copy of some past style. It has enough decoration to be interesting in a clearly modern form. At least in these photographs it has the quiet, meditative feel one would like to see in such structures.
The inside is nothing special, but neither is it offensive, and the designers worked hard to get natural light into every space.
A strange choice for a blog post, I know, but I so rarely see anything I like win an architecture award that I wanted to bring it up. See, I don't hate all contemporary architecture.