Assembly – Oakey’s
Although the appearance of the exterior addition would match the colonial style of the existing building, the challenge was to create a modern style for the interior unlike that of its other chapels. The design needed to combine the cremation and assembly spaces to make the cremation process visible to families, as this was a request Oakey’s had seen from Roanoke’s shifting demographics.
The arrangement room includes a fireplace flanked with cherry stained cabinets as the focal piece. We gave the assembly space an airy feel through windows that open to an outdoor garden and give a view of the distant mountains. The walls behind the cremation table were tiled in autumn mist slate quarried from the earth in India. The background for all of these features is a neutral palette with accents of cherry wood ceiling finishes adding warmth and complimenting the use of other natural materials in the space. Oakey’s marketing team has coined the phrase “Elevating the Cremation Experience” to describe the completed space.
FEEDBACK FROM THE CLIENT
“Every facet of working with CIRCLE was easy and very professional; I never felt that we were just ‘another job’. The only problem is that they did such a fantastic job on the Cremation Center, all of our other locations are now clamoring for a makeover!”