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Green-Wood Columbarium
Platt Byard Dovell White

March 26, 2007 /

Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Following the form of an existing hemicycle of urn burials and integrated with the circulation between Green-Wood's great Gate and its renovated Chapel, the new Tranquility Garden Columbarium expands the inventory of commemorative structures in Green-Wood's extraordinary landscape, making possible a new experience of space, light, water and flowers by its pools, fountain and under its wood-framed pergolas.

Consisting of three free-standing pavilions, a memorial obelisk, and a perimeter of garden urn walls, the new Columbarium provides over six thousand interior and over three thousand exterior urn spaces, assuring Green-Wood's continued ability to serve as a place of mourning and rest for thousands of additional families.

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Like Green-Wood's Hillside Mausoleum, its Tranquility Garden explores the columbarium as a building type, fitting niches into an arc of pavilions focused on a glass obelisk and a reflecting pool.

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Sited between Richard Upjohn's great gate and Warren and Wetmore's chapel, the addition completes the astonishing slope of obelisks and tombs opposite the cemetery entry, uplifts some neighboring 1950s buildings, and reanchors a great American landscape experience.

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Sketch

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Site Plan

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Facts about Green-Wood Columbarium

Total area:

4,600 ft2

Architects:

Charles A. Platt, FAIA
Paul S. Byard, FAIA
Ray H. Dovell, AIA
Samuel G. White, FAIA

Project Manager:

David C. Grider, AIA

Project Architects:

Matthew Mueller, AIA
Anne Holford-Smith, AIA,
Sandra Suarez
Michael Tan

Landscape Architect:

Quennell Rothschild & Partners

MEP Engineer:

Norfast Consulting Group

Structural Engineer:

Anastos Engineering Associates

Lighting Designer:

Thompson + Sears

Client:

The Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
New York

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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