CHROFI is collaborating with McGregor + Coxall in the Masterplan and Design of the Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary - a new cemetery for natural burials.
Located on the outskirts of Sydney and set within a conservation woodland setting, Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary is a new cemetery model pioneering the contemporary concept of natural burials, internment of ashes and social gatherings it is the first of its kind inAustralia. Integrated into the design are a suite of sustainability initiatives including photovoltaic solar panels, integrated rainwater harvesting and reuse, solar hot water heating, passive cooling strategies and an on-site black water system. These initiatives create an off the grid facility placing it at the forefront of self-sufficiency and eco-friendly development in the Australian cemetery industry. The new structures feature recycled, recyclable and natural materials and are oriented to optimise the natural light and the iconicAustralian bush views.
The visitor experience begins at the entrance where an elevated walkway meanders above the landscape through the tranquil native park leading to the Walled Garden. Visitors experience a dignified transition to this other world through a threshold comprising vine covered gabion walls and a rippling line of water that enlivens the powerful entry corridor. At the heart is the Gathering Place - a multi-purpose open-air pavilion framed by a reflective pond and surrounding picturesque gardens. An adjoining cafe invites visitors to enjoy a quiet landscaped courtyard with picturesque views and moments of peaceful reflection. Concealed from the Gathering Place by a lush green wall is the Columbarium Garden - an oasis comprising pathways, shaded seating, meditative pond and a grid of columbarium poles housing purpose designed urns framed by an orchard of flowering trees.