Belvedere Gardens

Background

Overlooking the town of Salem, Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest, this 2,500-crypt mausoleum is conceived as a landscape intervention atop a 110-acre memorial park. The project is defined by three gardens: the Allee - a formal garden, which initiates the entry sequence and establishes the eastern boundary of the site; the Grove - an upper burial garden for ground interment; and the Sunken Garden - a lower garden framed by a crypt wall, niche wall, and five mausoleums. By emphasizing a physical and perceptual connectedness to the local and extended site, we hoped to create an enduring sense of place, which cultivates an atmosphere of emotional and spiritual reflection and underscores our relationship to nature.

 

Market Sector
Cultural
Location
Size
Year Completed
2004

Drivers

Integrate the new construction and landscape elements into the 110-acre memorial park

Create a sense of place

Provide a space for emotional and spiritual reflection

Compose a contextually-rich design that responds to the site, surrounding environment, and regional vernacular

 

Measuring Outcomes

  • 3 Gardens define the space and provide an experiential entry sequence
  • 2,500 Crypt mausoleum overlooks the town of Salem and the Appalachian Mountains
  •  Place that cultivates an atmosphere of emotional and spiritual reflection and underscores our relationship to nature