The Eastern Precinct development at the Australian War Memorial integrates a range of landscape and architectural elements within a nationally significant heritage landscape. The project marks the culmination of a comprehensive site development plan first developed in 2001, which identified three stages of implementation across the AWM site. The Eastern Precinct stage included the National Service Memorial and Courtyard which was officially dedicated by the Governor General in 2010, a new cafe and forecourt and a new basement car park, as well as restored eucalyptus lawns, coach parking and service spaces.
“… is important as an historic and symbolic place in the development of our nation and its culture, and the design is an enduring contribution to a precinct which embodies our respect for the spirit and attitude of the servicemen and women who made the supreme sacrifice. The cafe, forecourt and National Service Memorial Courtyard are sensitive in architectural conception, powerful in composition, delicate and precise in construction, refined and exquisite in their simplicity, and delightfully integrated into the immediate and greater landscape.
This is an exceptional work of architecture and urban design, which seamlessly and holistically introduces new elements within a refined and complex functional and symbolic context. Each form and space has been considered from every angle and finely executed at every scale, and the development commands admiration for its inspired conception and masterful, rigorous resolution and delivery.”
2011 ACT AIA Architecture Awards, Canberra Medallion Jury Citation