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The Project

(un) Common Earth, War Memorials, Canberra

The project was developed in collaboration with Paul Kloeden and Peter Tonkin Design with input from Aurecon.

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Mulloway Studio were one of three second stage entrants in an international architectural design competition to design separate, but complementary Memorials to World War I and World War II sited along the land axis in Canberra, Australia.

The design strategy explores the relationship between people and the earth (place and nation), the individual and society, and the notion of loss and absence.

Constructed from Australian soil from around the country, the memorials rise above the surface and push down into the soil, creating gaps in the earth - a contemplative chamber - reflecting the collective weight of loss and absence. A series of light transmitting fibre-optics are embedded in the solid rammed earth, each representing 100 lives/deaths.