Jardin des mémoires
By : hART design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Landscape & Territories
Categories : Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture - Commercial & Office Project : Gold Certification
The client wanted to transform part of their parking lot of a branch of a funeral center in Laval into a garden. This new public place could be added to the services offered during the funeral ceremonies taking place in the garden. The first phase, located next to the Mausoleum on the edge of the Papineau Forest, had the advantage of having in the background a beautiful existing forest preserved by the friends of the Papineau Forest.
The main objectives of this project were:
- Develop the site to officiate dispersal ceremonies / rituals while implementing positive environmental management in terms of sustainable development;
- Consolidate a sensitive transition between the client’s parking lot and the Papineau Forest;
- Create a safe and friendly pedestrian link between the parking lot and the terrace located behind the mausoleum;
- Reinforce the main themes of the company’s image on the premises;
The architectural and landscape vocabulary revolves around a few main elements:
- Gabion walls at the entrance to the garden.
- Corten steel borders to frame the flowerbeds of vegetation and place of ceremony;
- A large, sloped, retaining wall made of green gabion and plants. This retaining wall also serves as a natural columbarium with inserts labelled with stone plates dedicated to the deceased.
- Among the project team, 2 renowned artists collaborated on the garden:
- Jacques Bilodeau: Central fountain for water dispersion ritual
- André Fournelle: Column identifying the deceased located in the gardens