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Australian War Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand

9 Sep 2020

Australian War Memorial

Architects: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Australian War Memorial Wellington

The proposed Australian War Memorial, won in a Design Excellence tender in conjunction with artist adviser, Janet Laurence, is a ‘landform’ of red sandstone, forming an iconic and appropriate place of memory and reflection, embodying the Australian character and responding to the urban and heritage qualities of the site.

Australian War Memorial Wellington

The Memorial comprises 15 columns, each 6m tall and arranged in an open array on a surface of red sandstone and dark grey basalt. The columns form an open backdrop to the ceremonial plaza facing the New Zealand National War Memorial, with its civic steps, raised Tomb and tall Carillon. Each of the columns relates in form to the Carillon, repeating its volume at a smaller scale, creating strong connections without mimicry. The shaping of the array and the landscape of the Memorial Park defines the new Ceremonial Plaza and continues the sweep of the park’s planned Memorial Terraces.

Australian War Memorial Wellington Australian War Memorial Wellington

The columns are constructed of rugged red sandstone, instantly recognisable as an image of Australia. The Columns each have an inset panel of reflective polished black granite, carrying a curated program of interpretation. Amongst the Columns is a series of plinths providing a focus for large and small ceremonies and wreath-laying.

Australian War Memorial Wellington

Each Column stands on a band of the same red stone, extending the stance of the Column outward into the landscape. Between these red bands are bands of grey stone, symbolising the New Zealand landscape: the interweaving is a perpetual reminder of the interwoven destiny of the two nations.

Australian War Memorial Wellington

The Memorial was completed for the Centenary of the ANZAC landing in April 2015.

Client: Australian Government Department of Veteran Affairs

TZG Team: Peter Tonkin, Matilda Watson, Juliane Wolter in association with Paul Rolfe Architects

Australian War Memorial Wellington

Australian War Memorial, NZ – Building Information

Design Architect: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

Client: Australian Government Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Completion date: 2015

Australian War Memorial Wellington

Photography: Mike Rolfe

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Location: Wellington, New Zealand

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