This project was completed in collaboration with Daly Landscape Architecture. Located in Saanich, BC, Canada, the memorial garden is designed to honour the loss of infants, both pre- and post-term. It is the first of its kind in North America.
A variety of commemorative elements provide for a range of needs. Little concrete houses, wind notes of wood veneer, tiny copper bells, and polished basalt spirit stones, all contribute to a peaceful and meditative environment for those who have lost their little ones.
A ceremony pavilion constructed of corten steel echoes the colours and shapes of arbutus bark found on the site. The polished concrete and bronze altar is inspired by the shape of a heart. The rounded edges are designed to offer a comforting, maternal anchor during funeral ceremonies.
This tiny village will eventually memorialize over 3,000 children.
Little Spirits Garden
District of Saanich, Victoria, BC, Canada
Royal Oak Burial Park
Bill Pechet, Gabe Daly
DALY Landscape Architecture (coordinating firm), PECHET Studio, C.Y. Loh P. Eng.
Szolyd Development Corp., Paradise Cityscapes
Bill Pechet, Gabe Daly, Joseph Daly