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In 2012, the City of Edmonton put out a request for proposals for a new building at the South Haven Cemetery, southeast of downtown. That same year, Dwayne Smyth, a partner at the Vancouver firm Shape Architecture, lost his grandmother and found himself reflecting on mourning and transience. The resulting project — the South Haven Centre for Remembrance, a 650-square-metre structure completed in collaboration with Group2 and Pechet Studio — comprises offices, family rooms, meeting rooms and a field-services yard and garage where workers mix concrete, set gravestones and repair damaged plaques. The architecture is sensitive in every sense of the word: to place, to purpose and to the unique needs of the many people who visit the...

A Restrained Cemetery Complex Rises From the Prairie Landscape

In Edmonton, Shape Architecture’s South Haven Centre for Remembrance is both a public and private monument.

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