Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

A physical and metaphorical sense of movement from light to dark

Exterior view of the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
Exterior view of the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects

Glenn Howells Architects for National Memorial Arboretum

Contract value: £9.9m

GIA: 2,799m²

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.

  • Reception and interior view of the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
    Reception and interior view of the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
  • The colonnade at the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
    The colonnade at the Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
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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.

See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2017 – West Midlands


 

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