A talented city architecture student has designed a memorial garden and water cremation complex as part of her degree project.
Robert Gordon University student Sophie Perott, 22, has proposed a resomation – known as water cremation – and memorial garden scheme for Craigingles Hill and woodland in Maryculter.
The site forms an isolated island to the south-east of the River Dee.
Resomation is a flameless cremation, which is an environmentally-beneficial method of human disposition, producing less carbon dioxide and pollutants than cremation.
In 2016 the Scottish Government passed legislation to legalise it.
Sophie’s memorial garden designs are inspired by ancient Neolithic stone circles unique to north-eastern Scotland.
She said: “I felt the most appropriate way to explore everyday architecture was to focus on aspects of life and death; daily occurrences we all come to experience at some point.
“The design of the complex takes mourners on a journey, encouraging them to experience different stages of the grief, which subsequently aids the process of acceptance and inner healing.”
She added: “The complex, although filled with sadness, enables people to see the light. The development helps maintain memories of loved ones immersed within the architecture and mostly within the nature of the woodland environment, keeping them alive forever.”
Sophie’s design for the memorial garden boundary wall is divided into five different conditions, each reflecting a different stage of the grieving process – denial, recall, acceptance, release and goodbye.
Her project, along with other creative designs, will be on display at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture End of Year Show, which opens today, in the Sir Ian Wood Building, open from 8am to 10pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm at the weekend.
For more information go to rgu.ac.uk/scotts-show-2018