The modernist Funeral Hall was built in 1983. The hall has a distinguishable Scandinavian style, set in a pleasant forest environment, the Židenice forest park. The building was designed by the influential Brno Architect Ivan Ruller along with fifteen other fine artists. This collaboration produced work of outstanding architectural and artistic quality.
The building is divided into two different parts. The first part is the entrance hall, an area to facilitate the ceremony and the mourners, which represents the world of the living. The second northern part is designed as the operational background – representing the world of the deceased. The funeral hall was put into operation in 1983, and after 24 years, in 2007, was closed for poor condition.
Despite its undeniable cultural and architectural value, the ceremonial hall does not have the official status of a monument. For buildings less than fifty years old, there are no precise nomenclatures to define their cultural value, therefore no protocol to treat them as real monuments. According to the plans of the Židenice Town Hall, the reconstruction of the mourning hall could start at the beginning of 2020.
TEXT BY BARBORA SLAVÍČKOVÁ
1983Funeral Hall – public programme
1983 City of Brno
2018 City of Brno
Form of government
1983 Socialist Federative Republic
2018 Parliamentary Republic
Spatial Planning Agency
Type of heritage and protection