A physical and metaphorical sense of movement from light to dark
Glenn Howells Architects for National Memorial Arboretum
Contract value: £9.9m
This Remembrance Centre has the appropriate level of gravitas for such an important building. It is a neo-classical timber structure with a formal colonnade; its continuous projecting roof edge along the main facade elegant and practical.
It separates the building and car park and creates a physical and metaphorical sense of movement from light to dark – to a space filled with memories and reminiscence. The building unites an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It has a consistent and coherent palette of materials and the harmony of tones and textures. Filled with light and air, internal spaces flow freely as a counterpoise to the regularity of structure. The project leaves an imposing but not intimidating impression, which visibly moved the judging panel. It is a great example of meaningful architecture and is a worthy winner.