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Posted 6th May, 2015

Cox’s winning Sir John Monash Centre design

Scharp are proud to announce the release of their visualisations that contributed to the Sir John Monash Centre’s winning design. The vision, which was presented by the Australian Prime Minister last week, was created by Cox Architecture, one of Australia’s leading architecture firms.

The design, situated on the original Edwin Lutyens-designed memorial site, is described as a “landscape solution”, by Joe Agius, Director of Cox Architecture.


“The [Lutyens] monument sits within a 200 metre square. The proposed building is effectively two squares that are related to the size of the courtyard space to the monument.

The design lifts the current meadow to form the roof of the centre, while ramps lead into the main gallery are designed to create a trench like effect which will be “a critical part of the experience,” said Agius.

Cox approached Scharp in August of 2014 when they were shortlisted for the project. Scharp created a 4-minute movie presentation and still images for the project, which were used by Cox to win the highly profiled competition for the design of the centre.


Malcolm Schapel, Managing Director of Scharp said, “This was an incredibly humbling project to work on. Our 3D team worked to create a movie that captured the emotion and “metaphorical movement” that Cox were trying to capture with the descent into darkness and then ascent into light.”

Cox reapproached Scharp to help create the presentation for public release at the ANZAC Centenary celebrations on April 25th, 2015. The centre will begin construction this year and is expected to open its doors ahead of Anzac Day 2018.

The Western Front interpretive centre will be the first addition to the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France for 100 years. The project will provide a leading-edge integrated multimedia experience that honours the Australian service during the First World War and provides an educational experience for the hundreds of thousands that journey to pay their respects to the ANZAC’s every year.


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