National Police Memorial
A man-made landscape designed for reflection and connection.
How are meanings and messages conveyed in the National Police Memorial?
The National Police Memorial, in Canberra, commemorates and honours those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice through their service to the Australian Police Force. The architecture of the memorial chooses a simple and robust expression that amplifies this message to visitors, evoking qualities of honour, protection and bravery. The ‘terrain’ of the National Police Memorial carries memories of the fallen, through words and messages etched into the granite floor. These undulating slabs appear random and provoke a sense of uncertainty, mirroring the impact of tragedy and loss. Through public ceremony and private interaction, the memorial serves as a place of reverence, reflection and healing.
How does the memorial connect to nature and deepen an emotional experience?
The National Police Memorial sits on the elevated northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra and is designed in a way that does not overwhelm its tranquil lake-side setting. A key element of the memorial is a 20-metre-long bronze touchstone wall, oriented due north to ensure the expressed touchstones capture light, cast shadows and bring a layer of animation and tactility to surfaces. Individual plaques invite loved ones and visitors to reach out and physically connect with the memorial. By offering a place of solitude and quiet reflection, the memorial seeks to create a place of respite for the bereaved.
2008 DIA Gold Award for Built Environment
2007 AIA ACT Urban Design Award
2007 AIA Art and Architecture Award
2005 First Prize National Police Memorial Design Competition