The new Iqaluit Cemetery celebrates the arctic while providing the community with a sacred space to bury and commemorate their people. The design process was based on a two year collaboration of landscape architects, engineers, municipal leaders, residents, and Inuit elders, whose contribution invested the design with a unique understanding and appreciation of the site. Through the use of local materials, artifacts and iconic symbols of the Inuit, the cemetery has established a strong connection between the land and the people it will serve.
Client/Location:City of Iqaluit, NU (2014)
- Bowhead whale bones create a culturally and spiritually significant cemetery feature.
- Preservation of delicate tundra ecosystem.
- Cemetery maintenance for northern climate incorporated in the design.