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Macquarie Park Mausoleum

  • Sector
    Community & Faith
  • Client
    Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
  • Budget
    Undisclosed

Following a limited design competition, we are delighted to announce that GWA have been appointed to design the new mausoleum at Macquarie Park Cemetery, continuing our long and successful working relationship with the NMCT.

Our design for the mausoleum focused on the creation of a sanctuary which offers a sacred place of solitude for persons of faith to both reflect and mourn.

Based on a serpentine walled garden which is characteristic of the topographic forms of the Macquarie Parkland, the journey into the Mausoleum haven is accompanied by gently cascading water in the surrounds, offering a considered change from public space to the sacred place of remembrance and worship. It is also typical of the ancient walled towns and cities which offer ‘safe havens’.

The entry bridge symbolically transitions through the layered wall and leads the eye directly to the XIII station of the cross (The crucifixion of Jesus) which acts as the heart of the mausoleum design. The crypts radiate out from the XIII Station towards the water gardens to provide sheltered environments and places to contemplate next to the calming sound of running water. The segmented layers will be reflected in the landscaped layers providing for individually defined memorial zones including columbaria. We envisage the plants maybe layered as indigenous, exotic or aromatic planting.

The inner sanctum of the walled garden itself provides an intimate environment of peace. The materials will be warm and tactile and wherever possible natural. The forms invite participation and interaction. Aesthetically and from a sensory point of view this will be simple, tranquil and engaging place to feel the appropriate sacredness.

The chapel, a private haven in which to hold ceremonies, sits spanning the linear path of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The XIV Station (Resurrection) is symbolically positioned directly behind the altar to provide hope for those in mourning.