Geelong Mausoleum Complex
The Geelong Cemetery Trust commissioned Harmer Architecture to design a three stage mausoleum development in the heart of the historic Eastern Cemetery overlooking Corio Bay.
The third and final stage of the development was completed in 2019 and opened by Anthony Carbines M.P. and Cemetery Trust chairman Lynden Smith, and blessed by Father James Clarke.
The design theme for these mausolea is to provide a sheltered indoor space for people to remember their deceased relatives. The interior space is triangular, so that the 105 burial places are arranged in three memorial walls of 35 crypts, each distinguished by its own unique stone colour. Solid timber ceilings, variegated bluestone flooring and a centrepiece of a coloured glass “chandelier”, illuminated from above by a roof opening/skylight, creates a comforting and inspiring interior that is a refuge from the elements.
The internal triangular space forms a public gathering place for the occasion of interment when a person is buried in a crypt
The external copper roofing gives the optimum longevity for a community burial place that has to be maintained in perpetuity.
Each of the three mausolea is slightly different so that the buyers of crypts in each have a space that is unique to them.