Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2020 Recipient

South Haven Centre for Remembrance
Edmonton,
AB
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

SHAPE Architecture with PECHET Studio and Group 2 Architects

Lead design architect(s): 

SHAPE Architecture with PECHET Studio and Group 2 Architects

Occupancy: January 1, 2019
Construction Budget: $4.5 million

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.

Jury Comment(s): 

“This building, situated just outside downtown Edmonton, features a simple program housed in intriguing enigmatic forms, dramatized in the contrast of shapes between graveyard tombstones and the burned-timber shapes. On the inside, well-proportioned windows frame views, while on the outside the building is meant is to be experienced in the round, multiple readings and surprises. The interplay of light and shadow creates weightiness, mysterious, sombre, serious, appropriate to the notion of remembrance, but without mawkishness.”

Jury members

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West elevation of the tower and clerestory.

PHOTO: Ema Peter

West elevation

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North façade

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West view of the meeting rooms, tower, and courtyard.

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West view of the family rooms and tower.

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East view of the front entry and meeting room.

PHOTO: Ema Peter