It is not easy to take a look inside a crematorium. Because if you’ve been there, it was probably for a goodbye. Indebuurt took a look behind the scenes at the Haagse Duinen crematorium: “As soon as you drive onto the road, you imagine yourself in the rich history.”
Crematoria are not at all scary, weird or creepy. Especially not Crematorium Haagse Duinen, where there are regular open days and where you can ask and see everything. The next open day is April 2022, but nearby was allowed to come earlier.
Before we take a look inside: Haagse Duinen crematorium was founded in 1990 and is part of Coöperatieve Uitvaart Vereniging De Volharding (CUVO), a well-known name in the last century . The Hague and surroundings. The crematorium is located at Wijndaelersingel 1, amidst greenery, close to the sea and right next to the Westduin cemetery.
As soon as you drive onto the road to Haagse Duinen, you will find yourself in history. And you can see the style of the architect Berlage everywhere: the oval pond and the walls were designed by him in 1950. But because of the war, the design was only carried out in 1950. When you enter the crematorium you walk over the monumental staircase of the architect. You used to come via these stairs to a parking lot, now you are standing in front of the crematorium.
In 2017 there has been a major renovation and the crematorium with auditorium has been added. Many wooden materials were chosen at the time, which you can see throughout the building. It therefore exudes a kind of natural tranquility.
We first look in the basement, where the coffins are stored, a place where you normally never come as a visitor. From the basement we are led upstairs where the farewell rooms are. It is a corridor with many doors that lead to the rooms where people can say goodbye to their loved one in peace. What we did not expect is the art that we see everywhere. On the walls are beautiful tableaux that were once purchased by CUVO. For example, in one of the farewell rooms, our eye falls on African wading.