Capilano View Memorial Forest

This project was designed to replace the existing vehicular entry to the cemetery. Components included an open-air gathering pavilion, scattering areas for the ashes of up to 3,000 remains, memorial walls, a small water feature, and a new invention — birdhouses designed to hold ashes (columbary meets columbarium). The roofs of these structures referenced ideas of shelter and weightlessness.

Phase two of the project intended forest bamboo plantings and a meditation garden with interment space for ashes.

Capilano View Memorial Forest
Capilano View Cemetery, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
District of West Vancouver
2008 (unbuilt)
Project Team
Pechet and Robb art and architecture Ltd., Bill Pechet and Andrew Maclean
Bill Pechet, Andrew McLean