A reminder, of far-off wars, and very nearly announced competitions. The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is announcing the winners of the competition for a memorial to the French war dead, on 11 November. The entries are all on display up at the old Dominion Museum, just at the start of Peter Jackson’s WWII exhibition (go see: it is very good), but if you can’t get there, then go to this website.
Who is going to win?
The four finalists are widely differing, hugely so, and the judging process must have been difficult.
Les Fleurs Sauvages
Entrant and Design Team: Amanda Bulman and Nicolas Zilliox (bbc architects), Jake Yocum (Artist), Richard Ainsworth (Architect), Nick Denton (Architecture Graduate), and Hamish Moorhead (Moorhead Landscapes).
Kia whakatÅmuri te haere whakamua, My past is my present is my future, I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past. A red trench cuts into the ground, surrounded by a delicate cloak of plantings which provides the hope of regeneration. The experience is sensual, relying on perception and memory to connect the visitor to those being remembered.
CarriÃ¨re de MÃ©moire – Quarry of Memory
Entrant and Design Team: Andrew Sexton Architecture ; Andrew Sexton, Sylvia Main, Cleon Ferreira-Craig, Hannah Griffin, Stephanie Roughan, Kirsty Jones. Poets Gregory Oâ€™Brien and Jenny Bornholdt, and Mark Newdick Landscape Architects.
A collection of underground quarries in France, named after New Zealand towns and cities, have offered the inspiration for a memorial which brings these place names, inscribed beneath French soil, back to the surface at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Incorporating plant species from France as well as Aotearoa/New Zealand, the site-design asserts the ongoing, living, cyclical nature of the memorial and of memory itself. Texts inscribed into the walls, link France and New Zealand and offer a lyrical reflection on past, present and future. The memorial is to be experienced in the round, and invites participation and exploration, offering a space not only for reflection upon historical events but also for contemplation of the mysteries and illuminations of individual and cultural life – those things that bind us to each other and to the natural world.
L’Arc de Paix – The Arc of Peace
Entrant and Design Team: Kingsley Baird (artist) and Adam Flowers (CCM Architects) with Professor Annette Becker (French historian) and Allen Wihongi (Maori cultural advisor) and Alistair Cattanach (Structural Engineer).
L’ Arc de Paix – The Arc of Peace memorial acknowledges the enduring friendship between New Zealand and France forged by shared experiences of war and peacekeeping and the two nations’ deep cultural affinities. Recognizably French qualities are expressed in the design, materials, and symbols. As a ‘living monument’, the experiential nature of L’Arc de Paix is enabled via visitor engagement with the memorial’s features.
Entrant and Design Team: Patterson Associates, Architect, Paul Baragwanath, Culture and Art adviser, and Suzanne Turley, landscape Architect.
A soft sound sculpture set into a table and pillar constructed from French lime stone. Described as looking at the past to understand the future, it is intended as a “gift of shared memory” to celebrate the two countries enduring collaboration and deep fraternity. The Architects describe its experience as “ephemeral language and permanent materiality combining to provoke beauty for people in a spatial, temporal and emotional engagement.”
Well, that didn’t take very long…
Yeah, i was a bit late on posting… but still – a good result! You should have been down here Starkive – the atmosphere was…. uninspiring. Still: nice scheme.
From official Press release: The winner of the architectural contest for the French memorial at Wellingtonâ€™s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park has been announced by the French Ambassador in New Zealand, Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, during the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards ceremony.
The design â€œLe Calligrammeâ€, entered by the team led by Auckland-based architectural firm Patterson Associates Ltd, comprising architect Andrew Patterson, artist Paul Baragwanath and landscape designer Suzanne Turley, was chosen from the 43 submissions received for the contest.
Ambassador Jeanblanc-Risler said â€œthis memorial will be a piece of France in New Zealand. The monument will honour the longstanding bonds between our two countries, the shared values and aspirations that have shaped our history. It will also provide a legacy to the new memories we are creating today together.â€
French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Jean-Marc Todeschini, confirmed a five-member juryâ€™s appraisal of the 43 submissions and the final recommendation for the â€œCalligrammeâ€.
Jean-Marc Todeschini, jointly with his New Zealand counterpart, Veteransâ€™ Affairs Minister Craig Foss, will unveil the plaque of the memorial during a ceremony on the morning of November 18, on the occasion of his official visit to New Zealand. The memorial will be constructed in 2017 and inaugurated in 2018.
The jury particularly appreciated the evocative power and simplicity of the design of this project; its material and aesthetic durability; its perfect integration with the context of the park and the landscaping proposed; the double evocation of the two countries’ shared histories and the future of their relations; the balance between the functions of amenity and contemplation ; the possibility of developing the monument in the future with the addition of a programmable sound sculpture and adjustable lighting, and finally the presence of material and symbolic elements (Caen stone which will be shipped from France and used for the creation of the architectural elements, and Apollinaire’s poem Le Chant de I’Honneur respectively) from France.