Although glacier retreat is a well-recognized consequence of climate change, with a range of implications for dependent communities, there is surprisingly little engagement with the issue. A theory in psychology, supported by the findings of this research, explain environmental melancholia to be at the root of this inaction. With this as a foundation, this thesis demonstrates that landscape architecture, a field that is, until now, uninvolved in retreating glacial landscapes, has the capacity to address the psychological experience of glacier retreat in order to foster engagement with environmental degradation. Haupapa/Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in Aotearoa/New Zealand, serves as a case study for the inquiry and subsequent design. The study draws from personal encounters, literature, and projective sketching to develop a novel approach to an aesthetic framework that guides a spatial design to induce a state of melancholic contemplation. The research explores why this state is important in modern society and the design propounds how aesthetic experience can be performative by fostering this psychological state. This thesis opens up new avenues for the much-needed field of design that deals with degrading landscapes. It also hopes to help and encourage other designers to create these spaces and secure a place for aesthetics, melancholia, and contemplation in contemporary landscape architecture.