Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

This design not only respond to the basic function of a cemetery, it also takes it into a new dimension, one where cemeteries can be considered as public open spaces with therapeutic qualities, a belief we have long held and promoted.

Due to the complex stormwater issues underlying the project, the FJLA team enrolled the services of Stormwater Specialist, Val Mag, to fully understand the constraints and opportunities generated by the steep and deep dams, the structural integrity of the dam walls and the erosion damage on the downstream creek in storm events. Armed with that knowledge and with our experience in cemetery issues, our design provided a creative solution with immense potential for safe and well presented interments.

The “working” dams can now function as ” water-treating” wetlands, compliant with Melbourne Water’s strict guidelines. Water has now the potential to become the main attraction as opposed to a source of problems.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Client
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Location
Springvale , VIC

Size 
9 Ha

Consultancy Type
Competition short list

Achievement
Winning entry