Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis has won dozens of awards for its serene, minimalist building nestled into a hill overlooking a reflecting pool near Lake Calhoun in south Minneapolis.
Its latest prize, a Best of Competition Award from the International Interior Design Association, is unusual because it swept a field that included interiors of hotels, clothing stores and country clubs around the world. Typically, mausoleums just don't compete well against such commercial enterprises. The prize was presented in June at a black-tie gala at the Ritz Carlton Chicago.
Architect Joan Soranno of HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis, lead the winning team. Their design was cited for "the grace with which it seamlessly blends dignity with comfort, beauty with gravity, and the contemplative with the familiar."
Other 2013 IIDA awards went to the Nanjing Old House Clubhouse, Nanjing, China; Calvin Klein Jeans, New York; Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Pop-Up Store in London, United Kingdom; and the W Paris-Opera hotel, Paris, France. Interiors of all the 2013 award winners can be seen at the IIDA website here.