Our studio worked with the City of Victoria and several stakeholder communities to re-envision a major part of historic Ross Bay Cemetery. The kilometer-long design addressed three distinct edge conditions — a neighbourhood street, a prominent corner and a beachfront road. The design would improve security along this vulnerable southwest edge, beautify the area in a manner which was sympathetic to the existing cemetery, and provide new interment options for a range of economic and social needs. The project identified several thousand interment sites within waterfront columbaria terraces and memorial walls.
Although unbuilt, we constructed a prototypical wall which illustrated the intended materials and qualities of the proposed design.
Ross Bay Cemetery Master Plan
Victoria, BC, Canada
City of Victoria
Bill Pechet (project coordinator), Stephanie Robb, Heidi Nesbitt, Chris Boldt, Tina Tajitsu, Mark Dennis
Pechet and Robb art and architecture Ltd., Mortimers Monumentals, Island Columbaria
Pechet and Robb