Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm, Sweden)

The Woodland Cemetery
The unique merge of nature and architecture into a seamless whole. That is Skogskyrkogården - The Woodland Cemetery.
When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original - a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole. Today, Skogskyrkogården is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Skogskyrkogården's history begins at the beginning of the 1900s, when it became apparent that Stockholm's cemeteries were insufficient and needed complementing. Stockholm City Council decided to build a new cemetery south of the existing Southern Cemetery, in modern-day Enskede.

At the time, cemeteries were generally considered "Gardens of the Dead", with grandiose parks, tree-lined avenues and impressive headstones raising a kind of memento to the dead. The city's cemetery committee had a desire to move away from this ideal and to instead create a cemetery centred on the underlying landscape. 

Photos of the cemetery by Susanne Hallmann:

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