National War Memorial wins New Zealand Architecture Award


Nov 17, 2016

The National War Memorial and Carillon is a project of significance to all New Zealanders. Honouring the 16,697 New Zealanders who lost their lives in the Great War, the Memorial and Carillon are a visual reminder of the sacrifice those servicemen made to keep our nation safe – and free. So we were delighted to see the restoration of these significant monuments win a New Zealand Architecture Award (Heritage Category).
The project is particularly poignant for us, as we built the original National Art Gallery and Dominion War Museum (opened in 1936) and undertook the seismic strengthening and refurbishment to the National War Memorial and Carillon in time for the Anzac Day Centenary Celebrations in 2015. Studio Pacific Architecture designed the restoration works to the art deco Carillon and Category 1 Heritage listed Hall of Memories to meet the Ministry for Culture & Heritage’s very clear objective: the visual impact of the works should be imperceptible. 
We used a sympathetic construction approach to restore and strengthen these nationally significant monuments.