atrium of HOLY ANGELS MAUSOLEUM
The new GMCT mausoleum celebrates a centuries old tradition of arranging places for burial into a circle. The mausoleum is designed to be open and accessible from eight different points of the compass and these axes provide dramatic framed landscape views from within the new central courtyard and from around the outside perimeter of the building.
The mausoleum features an integrated colour palette using natural materials that give a comforting and welcoming atmosphere.
As a profession it’s important we continue to challenge the norm, and allow architectural interventions to evolve and create new cultural relationships and understandings.
Architecture is something that should be enjoyed and add value to the public realm, and the mausoleum does just that. The mausoleum acts as a pavilion, creating a welcoming and open space that families can visit and honour the passing of a relative, whilst allowing for life to be celebrated and remembered in a sensitive and meaningful way.
– Amy Muir,Victorian Chapter President
Memorial crypts are individualized using bands of contrasting coloured polished granite. Further choice of burial place is enhanced by crypts that either face the internal courtyard or look out to the surrounding cemetery landscape.
Architectural elements that integrate the building include the perforated stainless steel “curtains” that shelter the inner and outer galleries and also a solid timber lined ceiling and feature walls to the main entry area.
The mausoleum design is strongly related to the Harmer Architecture designed Holy Angels Mausoleum nearby, and most particularly the rear section of the Chapel of St. Gabriel which also features a circular layout and internal courtyard.
The new mausoleum is therefore a link to the ongoing transformation of Fawkner Memorial Park.
The new Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum at Fawkner Memorial Park was formally opened by the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, his Grace, The Most Reverend Denis Hart on Friday April the 7th.