8 Kiev Crematorium
Also build in 1975, this crematorium in Kiev, Ukraine, shows us that death-related projects don’t necessarily have to be accompanied by discrete, grim aesthetics. The architect of this futuristic project was Abraham Miletsky, who also designed some of other Kiev’s famous landmarks, such as the Hotel Salute, and the Palace of Youth.
The creation of the Crematorium was initiated by the local authorities in the second half of the 1960s. Miletsky was working alongside with two artists, Ada Rybachuk and Vladimir Melnichenko, who had previously worked on the World War II Babi Yar memorials. However, the trio had some creative clashes. Namely, Miletsky wanted to design the crematorium as a purely functional structure, while Rybachuk and Melnichenko thought of a more creative design. They wanted to create a crematorium that would present a more therapeutic environment, and in the end, all three agreed on a more creative design.