iredale pedersen hook

world war I and II memorial

Our proposal for a memorial for World War 1 and World War 2 resists the idea that collective memory of a tragic event can be embodied in an object. We seek to provide a place that connects individuals through shared experience. The memorial is essentially three spaces; The Trench, The Water Drum and The Plane connected by a regimented Parade Ground. Each space evokes an aspect of the conflicts, the war on land, on sea and in the air. The shared spatial experience allows those that lived through the Wars to remember and those who love them to begin to understand.

The definitive geometry of the Memorial aligns with Griffins axis and the clear circular forms are direct engagement with the Canberra’s masterplan and the emphasis placed on key points defined by circles.