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Newlands Cross Cemetery

  • Architect:
    A&D Wejchert
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Connacht
Newlands Cross Cemetery


Dublin (over £100,000)

A well constructed plan following a distinct spatial sequence. Stone, metal and light well used to give gravitas and restfulness. 

Architects Comments
The main building complex consists of three interlocking pavilions surrounded by gardens: the Temple Building, which contains the main space for burial rites, a circular cloistered Meeting Ring, (the broken "Ring" symbolises man’s finite time span), and an Administration Building. This complex was designed following a distinct spatial sequence from arrival, through the buildings and gardens, towards the burial plots. Materials are rock-faced Carlow Limestone, bushammered Carlow Limestone and bushammered Wicklow Granite. The Meeting Ring roof is finished in pre-weathered zinc. Internally the Temple’s walls are of board-marked concrete. The wall defining the Sanctuary Area is finished with rock-faced Kerry Red Limestone

Clients Comments
Dublin Cemeteries Committee, a statutory body, charity and non-profit making organisation whose roots go back to Daniel O’Connell’s Catholic Association, in 1829 consecrated the first Catholic burial ground to be established since the inception of the penal laws. The Dublin Cemeteries Committee is multi denominational, reflecting O’Connell’s express wish that no religion or sect be excluded and ensuring that religious diversity is kept alive to this day. 

The Committee’s most recent developments are Newlands Cross Cemetery in 2000 and Newlands Cross Crematorium in 2001. Newlands Cross is the first cemetery to be designed in an existing parkland landscape since the close of the Victorian Era, when cemeteries like the Glasgow Necropolis, City of London, Pére Lachaise and Glasnevin Cemeteries were designed and developed. A multi-discipline design and construction team of landscape architects, architects, civil and structural engineers, hydrologists, project managers and park superintendents was put in place from the outset. 

The buildings at Newlands consist of a temple building to be used for crematorium services, a beautiful fountain and cloistered meeting area, administration building and crematorium, all harmoniously interconnected and integrated into the existing landscape by use of extensive planting of mature and semi-mature native indigenous planting. The project demonstrates the commitment by the Dublin Cemeteries Committee to providing burial and crematorium services to the city and county of Dublin for the next Century and beyond.