Ashton Raggatt McDougall (A.R.M.) are always rigorous in their research, engaged with their clients and sites, and totally committed to their design processes. The Shrine of Remembrance Project consisted of 2 phases – Stage 1 (2003) included the Visitors’ Centre, staff offices and lifts and two courtyards with entrances to the undercroft area, and Stage 2 (2014) created two additional courtyards, the Galleries of Remembrance and the education centre.
In explaining Stage 1 the A.R.M. website states that:
‘The Shrine of Remembrance Visitors Centre is quite different to all other projects. From the outset, we decided that if we were to attempt anything brave, then it would have to be something very clever too. If we were to attempt anything courageous, then it would have to be camouflaged by a sparkling humility. If we were to attempt anything spectacular, then it would need to be the spectacle of new generations learning the longing for peace. The new facility includes an entry courtyard to the east and a garden courtyard the west. It has improved public access to the Shrine and provided reception, orientation and education facilities, allowing the Shrine to embrace a new educational role in the community.’ A.R.M.
A.R.M. received state and national Australian Institute of Architects awards for this project and also received the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
Place: Shrine of Remembrance
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