City of Mandurah
Mandurah, Western Australia
Iconic symbol memorial, a communal urban space.
Illuminating Engineering Society Lighting Design Award of Excellence - 2007
RAIA WA Civic Design Award - 2006
Master Builders Association (MBA) Excellence in Construction Award. Division 5 Public Buildings - Category under $10 Million Certificate of Commendation - 2006

Located on Mandurah Estuary in Western Australia, this project is the winning entry of an architectural competition. It is an iconic symbol honouring the Australian service men, women and others who died in the conflicts of war. The design features a procession of pillars rising from the water on the axis of the rising sun on ANZAC Day. This is where ceremonies are held as a representation of a convergence of the living with the spirit of the fallen. The memorial’s axial planning defines areas for recreation, interpretation, reflection, memory and ceremony. Its form permits intuitive interpretation by the observer and is an effective visual reconnection of the site to the city centre

The result of Hames Sharley’s work is the provision a communal urban space that can be used throughout the year as a place of gathering, education and relaxation, in addition to its primary role - a place of remembrance and reflection.

“The completion of the project has had a tremendous impact on the community in its use as a formal platform for remembrance services and a journey of personal experience. There is no doubt the site location and the striking design is proving to be a very powerful and emotive experience for visitors”. Annette Brown, CEO Projects Officer, City of Mandurah.