Artist of the year: Joan Soranno for design of Lakewood mausoleum

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2012 - 6:50 AM

Architect Joan Soranno looks to nature and art when designing her nationally acclaimed structures.

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airykroatDec. 30, 1210:04 AM

"To vitalize building materials, to animate them collectively with a thought, a state of feeling, to charge them with a subjective significance and value, to make them a visible part of the genuine social fabric, to infuse into them the true life of the people, to import to them the best that is in the people -- such is the real function of the architect." ~ Louis Henry Sullivan Architects Joan Soranno and partner John Cook perform their function excellently, beautifully, and graciously. Good choice, good article, and good for us to have their work enhancing our fair city and ennobling our humble lives.

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rlwr51Dec. 30, 1211:31 AM

It would be so great if people followed her example and built nice buildings again.

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DufferHDec. 30, 1212:37 PM

Are expensive mausoleums and crypts priced for the wealthy the best way to use resources. Also how many crypts will be housed in this mausoleum? Apparently this is viewed as a big financial opportunity for Lakewood.

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pinster44Dec. 30, 12 1:53 PM

The materials and daylight in this crypt are lush. But, I'm not convinced the design will hold up through time. To me, the overall circular geometry and patterns are too kitchy. It seems too 1964 pop-modern. This look is fun for a lounge such as the Cosmsos bar, but I suspect will look dated soon.

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clhillgerDec. 30, 12 2:20 PM

Congratulations to Ms. Soranno and to the StarTribune for an inspired choice for Artist of the Year. The Lakewood Mausoleum and the Bigelow Chapel at United Theological Seminary are two examples of exquisite architecture. Thank you for sharing her story!

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joe_mnDec. 30, 12 2:52 PM

U wonder how a cemetery can afford a $30M building? They are landlocked. Won't they run out of room for expansion eventually?

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Marykate1Jan. 3, 1312:42 PM

Never have I been so interested in a new design since the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I have relatives interred in an early 20th century mausoleum and this is so different and amazing. This is definitely on my list of places to visit this summer.

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