The Mausoleum accommodates over 1000 crypts and conveys an enduring, religious presence in the Fremantle Cemetery landscape.
The design draws reference and inspiration from the classical and timeless symbols and imagery associated with the Christian faith – the cross being the most powerful and recognizable symbol, whilst the dome and pyramid forms take reference from ancient and traditional mausoleum design.
These designs were also a reference for the artwork and sculptures chosen for the building.
The structure is based on a cruciform plan. Large glass areas on the southern entry side of the building and the clear glazing in the overhead cruciform shape, allows natural daylight to stream down onto the water feature below, minimizing artificial lighting requirements without increasing solar gain.
The extensive thermal mass of all the perimeter crypts and massive concrete blade provides an integrally stable thermal environment to begin with.To compliment this mass, ventilation systems have been incorporated to alienate the build of carbon dioxide during services with large numbers of people to further stabilise internal conditions.
A BMS linked in internal and external sensors, high level mechanically operated windows and the automatic entry doors provides cross ventilation and passive environmental control.
The interconnected spaces and shapes within and around the building provide a strong spiritual ambience that evokes a sense of serenity, reverence and the eternal.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
2006 RAIA WA Chapter, George Temple Poole Award
2006 RAIA WA Chapter Interior Architecture Award
2006 WA Chapter Public/Institutional Architecture Award