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Unveiling the Design for the Sir John Monash Centre

A first look at the winning design for the Sir John Monash Centre was unveiled by then Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, on 26 April 2015 at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux in France.

When complete, the Sir John Monash Centre will educate a new audience about Australia’s early role in international affairs, reshape patterns of visitation of the battlefields and in so doing, provide a lasting legacy from the Centenary of Anzac.

The Centre is named after General Sir John Monash, who led the Australian Corps with outstanding success on the Western Front in 1918, including the famous 4 July 1918 victory at Le Hamel, which became a template for operations that followed.

Designed by Cox Architecture, the approximately 1,000 square metre Centre will be located adjacent to the Australian National Memorial, half sunken into the ground and with a turf roof to ensure a harmonious relationship to the Memorial and landscape.

The heart of the Centre will be a 483 square metre interpretive area delivering a leading-edge integrated multimedia experience designed by Melbourne based company Convergence Associates. It will provide an evocative, emotional, informative and educational experience for visitors of all nationalities.

A fly-through video of the winning concept design was shown at the unveiling.

An artist’s impression of a completed version of the Sir John Monash Centre

An artist’s render of the completed Sir John Monash Centre.

An artist’s impression of a completed version of the Sir John Monash Centre

An artist’s impression of the foyer of the completed Sir John Monash Centre.

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