Australians and New Zealanders celebrated ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day this week—the anniversary of the landing of military troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. Dotdash(Brisbane) had extra cause for celebration this year: the new ANZAC Memorial at Buchanan Park in Burpengary, Queensland, which opened in 2015 in time for the ANZAC Centennial.
An initiative of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Australian federal government, the newly completed ANZAC Memorial at Buchanan Park honors the legacy of Australian Defence Forces and Peacekeeping Services.
Dotdash worked in close collaboration with project landscape architect John Van Pelt, himself is a Vietnam veteran, to realize a strong design vision and create a sense of belonging in the community for returned servicemen and women.
“The memorial stands as a place for both remembrance and commendation, and materializes the stories of those who served their country in times of peace and conflict,” says Despina Macris,Dotdash director.
The site incorporates both abstract and representational forms of historical military symbols, all of which are integrated into the contemporary architectural form.
Dotdash contributed a family of interpretive elements designed to heighten the impact of the memorial by thoughtfully communicating its messages.
In the center of the site, a series of concrete panels form a semi-circular wall that references the character of military bunkers found across Europe and Australia during World War I. Fabricated lettering, cast bronze panels and etched glass recognize significant battles and lives lost.
Amid the surrounding trees, 11-ft.-tall color-capped totems display the names and color badges of the nation’s key military campaigns and highlight their global reach. At night, these vertical elements are brightly illuminated with interal LED sources.
Collectively, says Dotdash, the memorial design elements aim to engage visitors to remember, respect and learn—and they provide a space for reflection and contemplation.
ANZAC MEMORIAL AT BUCHANAN PARK
Client: Moreton Bay Regional Council
Location: Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
Open Date: April 2015
Design Team: Rachel Bateup, Domenic Nastasi, Keith Sullivan
Photos: Angus Martin