A LOOK INTO OUR DESIGN PROCESS
Preliminary sketches explore the idea of Community as the fundamental concept for the Memorial project.
Early concept sketches that focused on the site plan, explored how an intimate memorial space could be created by excavating the existing site and redistributing the soil to form a berm within the landscape. The approach from a variety of areas within the park, views to and from the lake, and the relationship to an adjacent Event Lawn were critical considerations.
Study sample of the relationship between Memorial interior and berm is defined by how users may engage with the Memorial in different ways.
We developed the Memorial section and plan utilizing 3d modeling to define the complex geometry of the Memorial wall and supporting berm.
The perimeter railing was a critical element in the design, as it provided the buffer between berm, visitor and Memorial interior. The complex geometry of the railing was studied in detail using 3d modeling and a number of 3d printed mock-ups to better understand the scale and density of the proposed design.
The design of the Memorial wall panel attachment system was studied in detail to facilitate the temporary removal of individual bronze panels for dedication, and their subsequent replacement into the wall.
The lighting of the Memorial was studied in detail, and included both surface lighting integrated into the wall profile as well as the back lighting of the individual bronze Memorial wall panels.
The Memorial interior was designed to allow visitors to circulate through the space while providing for those who wish to pause and remain within the space for an extended period.
After defining main design elements a professional set of drawings was produced to convey all information required prior to start a bidding process.
A series of physical models were produced during the design process to help study different design components.
The memorial is composed primarily of two noble materials with enduring qualities, architectural bronze, and architectural concrete. The use of bronze directly recalls our shared history of public statuary, and we've selected concrete for its inherent plasticity and mutable qualities in light.
In conjunction with the Memorial design, we were asked to develop a logo for the Memorial. Our logo design was derived simply from the concept ofCommunity and our broken circle form.