Perhaps, among all the mausoleums ever existed on Earth, the Lakewood Cemetery is one of the most popular and prestigious cemetery especially among the Minnesota’s citizens. The prestigious of this site has made it successfully become the world’s first class last resting place for many famous people in Minnesota. Some late famous political leaders like governors and senators, heroes, entertainers were all buried and cremated here. This cemetery site is not just like an ordinary cemetery, the site that was built on the landscape area of more than three thousand square foot wide is extremely vast. Both engineers and architects worked so hard to embody the grand cemetery with some distinct parts and buildings.
In this article, we will particularly explore the Garden part of the Mausoleum. Among all parts which had been built in 1871, this Lakewood Garden Mausoleum was apparently included as the new building. Being planned in 2003, people worked really hard to build it so that it wouldn’t be too anomalous compared to the old buildings. And it was successful actually. The building was just as sophisticated yet simple and elegant as the others. Even more, this building complemented the whole area.
Well, let’s explore it one by one. This garden was built apparently to fill the idea of utilizing the remain landscape (which was still remained a lot, about 24.500 square feet) for expanding the crypt and cremation burials, as well as to build a distinctive building for family gathering, a kind like memorial rites room, as well as a committal chapel. Thus, it was so challenging for the builders, Joan Sorano, FAIA and John Cook, whom they was not only asked to make such a large structure that would not ruin the whole site, but also to not dismiss the historical sense of the whole site. After the very long planning, it was decided to build it in the north side of the area. So, this new building was built in between the West and East mausoleum which had been built before, and in fact, it became the connecting building between the two sites.
Besides, the Northern part is the closest part from the entry gates, thus, every people who enter the sites, in order to get to the cemetery place, they have to pass this new garden first. So, the route will be like this, you pass this garden, then after that, you will see the meandering roads that lead you to the beautiful and grand view of pine trees and oaks, and finally you will find the mausoleum right towards you.
Most buildings used the grey and black granite in just some or all parts of the walls. And seems like the whole concepts are made to be as minimal as possible, the furniture used, also the paint color are mostly white. Yet, it does not lack of architectural value. You can see it in most buildings made it into strictly square shape with many contrast textures here and there. The light (which is presented in white color) and the dark (the granite), rough and smooth, as well as rustic and refine. Just like a life that always has two contrasting side to one another. The minimal concept also aims to create a peaceful atmosphere, just like the graceful death, quiet and peaceful.
All in all, this site is a grand asset and commodity for the country. And for the society itself, this site has become a remarkable treasure to be kept for years to come.
#source : archdaily