Created for the dearly departed but experienced by the living, cemeteries are spaces for remembrance and quiet contemplation. For the historic Lakewood Cemetery in Minnesota, which dates back to 1871,
HCG Architects and Engineers
designed a garden mausoleum that, in their words, “quietly embraces the landscape while offering a contemplative interior experience.”
Built into the hillside to preserve the cemetery’s pastoral quality, the mausoleum’s design protects the historic landscape and provides a representation of the eternal relationship between spiritual and physical worlds.
The horizontal 24,000-square-foot, two-level structure includes six crypt rooms, six columbaria rooms, three family crypt rooms, committal room, and support spaces. The design artfully integrates the exterior garden with its light-filled interior, beginning with a large stair that draws visitors from the mausoleum’s entry to its lower garden level.
The Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum received several architectural and design awards for the newly completed mausoleum and garden. Rather than a dark and cryptic place, this cemetery embraces light and a level of beauty and peace that respects and honors the deceased by preserving the historic landscape for the living.