Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Wellington, New Zealand
Landscape and Architecture : Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture
Engineering and Construction : Memorial Park Alliance
Signage Graphics : Base Two
Lighting Design : eCubed
Client : Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Project Status: Completed
A new linear park and boulevard provides an annex to the existing National War Memorial grounds, affording connections to city-wide processional routes and to other nearby open spaces.
Offering a memorable experience to all users of the space, both pedestrians and drivers, the memorial boulevard embodies the city’s southern gateway, with the park providing a landscape transition between city and ceremony, every day experience and special occasion.
The new park extends the National War Memorial, traversing the boulevard, engaging with traffic flows whilst establishing a formal memorial presence to the north, east and west. This not only expands the capacity of ceremonial ground within the city, it intensifies the focus on and the identity of a site of New Zealand national importance.
The length, simplicity and repetitive rhythm of the park’s terraces and boulevards imply a vastness and extension into the city beyond the park’s actual boundaries.
A landscape of linked or enfiladed ‘rooms’ unfolds east and west of the National War Memorial each room with its own character that can be enhanced over time with new memorials- but remain part of a cohesive journey from one to the next along the length of the park.
Awards & publications:
- 2016 Winner – Planning and Urban Design award, NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
- 2016 Winner – Public Architecture award, NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
- 2015 Winner – Landscape Award, Infrastructure Award and the Supreme Award, NZ Concrete Society Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
- 2015 Merit – Urban Design and Architectural Award, Wellington Property Awards – Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
- 2015 Winner – NZ Indigenous and Speciality Timber Award, NZ Timber Design Awards, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park