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South Haven Center for Remembrance

CompanySHAPE Architecture + Group2 Architecture + PECHET Studio
Lead DesignersDwayne Smyth, Partner
Design TeamDwayne Smyth, Nick Sully, Jessica McGillivray, Benjamin Fisher, Scotty Keck, Avery Titchkosky, Bill Pechet, Anneliese Fris, James Townsend, Eric Hui
Project LocationEdmonton, Alberta
ClientThe City of Edmonton
CreditsEma Peter, Photography
Prize(s)Gold in Other Architectural Designs / Other Architectural designs, Silver in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public , Gold in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

The South Haven Centre for Remembrance creates a new non-denominational facility for the City of Edmonton. The design features a symbolic thirteen metre tower which emerges from the prairie landscape which makes reference to the existing grave sites, monuments, columbaria and the latent memory that they embody. Our memory of visiting a cemetery is marked by time; the position of the sun, the quality of light and the weather on that particular day. For some it may be a solitary visit for a ceremony, for others it may be experienced through ritual visits which span the rest of their lives.