Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum Wins National AIA Honor Award for Architecture


HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has won a national 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture for Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis. Since 1949, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has celebrated outstanding architecture through the Honor Awards program.

The design was led by Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, and John Cook, FAIA, Vice Presidents with HGA. The Mausoleum has established itself as one of the Twin Cities' most important landmarks since opening in spring 2012. Built into a hillside with nearly three-quarters of its massing underground to preserve Lakewood's pastoral quality, the 24,500-square-foot, two-level Mausoleum includes six crypt rooms, six columbaria rooms, three family crypt rooms, a committal room and support spaces for 10,000 interments. The textural exterior features split-faced gray granite, white mosaic-marble trim and bronze doors. Inside, light filters through skylights and lantern-windows as a diverse material palette-mahogany, marble, onyx, bronze and glass-interacts with the natural light within a serene setting.

"Funerary architecture is an incredible opportunity to create something meaningful for a community," Soranno said. "The Mausoleum allows visitors to experience a sense of peace and calm in an environment conducive to contemplation and healing."

This is HGA's fifth national AIA Honor Award for Architecture, and Soranno and Cook's second. Previous AIA Honor Awards include Bigelow Chapel for the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota, by Soranno and Cook (2006); the Colonial Church of Edina in Edina, Minnesota (1980); New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa (1977); and Saint Bede's Priory in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (1967).