Memorial design is a special interest of Baca Architects. Here we share some of our sketch designs and ideas for memorials, commemorative monuments and sacred spaces for the twenty-first century.
Our philosophy is to design to commemorate the names of the deceased, whilst looking forward to a future of peace with optimism. We intend the spaces to offer solace and comfort when faced with the scale of loss, horror and atrocity that the fight to defend peace sometimes entails.
The scale of loss is evident at moments giving a view over the vast monument. This is complemented by spaces of varying intimacy levels that offer a gentle and soothing experience to the visitor. These moments reflect the different armed forces - air force, navy and ground troops - with views to the sky, to the sea and seats firmly embedded in the earth.
The memorial is composed of different rooms within the landscape. These rooms represent different campaigns fought at different moments in time. Curved walkways descend into the room, gradually immersing oneself in a reflection on the loss suffered in a moment in history. The path guides the visitor out through the earth towards light and views of natural elements, returning the experience to one of the present reality, of life and living. As the visitor moves through this landscape, the scale and repetition impacts upon the emotions, yet this is managed through careful moments to breathe, stop, reflect and gain perspective of the living world to look forward with positivity.