United States War Memorial

Wellington, New Zealand

Design competition

Generator Studio was shortlisted by the American Battle Monuments Commission to develop design concepts for a new U.S. memorial at New Zealand’s historic War Memorial Park.

With a focus on World War II, our design celebrates the 100-year alliance between the United States + New Zealand. It is a special place where visitors contemplate dualities: Peace & War, Life & Death, Hope & Despair and the intersection of these dualities where Peacekeeping, Growth and Sacrifice are embraced.

The glass-sheltered bridge has multiple meanings. It lies at the intersection of two opposing gardens: The Garden of Peace and The Garden of Sacrifice, and is a place to experience these dualities. The bridge between the gardens is located on a geographical axis connecting Washington DC and Wellington.  The bridge symbolizes the Arc of History where reminders of significant conflicts and peacekeeping agreements between our nations are memorialized.