Value: $8.5 M | Completed: March 2012
Saint Mary of the Cross' Mausoleum commenced in September 2010. The project involves the construction of a below and above ground mausoleum including associated car parking and site works within the confines of the Melbourne General Cemetery in Parkville.
Works include demolition of existing concrete kerb and channel, spoon drains and asphalt car parking bays, bulk excavation to create the basement with open concrete crypts. The crypts are constructed using modular formwork, creating 1,077 in situ concrete plots of a common dimension ‐ 585 and 492 units above and below ground, respectively. The roof, supported by the crypt cores, is a light steel framework. This strong simplicity of structure is infused with a suite of fine architectural details and finishes, to play weight against weightlessness, and light against dark. The surfaces within the crypt galleries are smooth, with the memorial shutters or crypt doors finished in polished and honed granite. The light steel framework is cladded externally with suspended/fixed glass and vm zinc lock panels and internally with dressed Victorian ash lining boards.
The design relates to the Cemetery and Princess Park landscape by framing views to both from within the galleries. The building is a rich assembly of detail and colour to provide comforting atmosphere to the many relatives who visit the mausoleum on a regular basis.