Australian War Memorial Eastern Precinct

Canberra, ACT

An uncompromising level of quality design for the final stage of the Australian War Memorial, ACT

The Eastern Precinct represents the express wishes of the veterans themselves and is the final phase of the overall site plan of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The architectural design integrates landscape, detail, context and practicality with abstract symbolism. The precinct consists of underground parking, a café, and a public courtyard. The formal geometry remains consistent with the surroundings linking the old and the new. One of the most complicated aspects of the project was to build a café in the natural landscape, which required major earthworks to essentially remove an entire hill.

Three different pre-cast subcontractors were needed to achieve the three different levels of precast. The café achieving the greatest level, the black precast wall the next and the car park of the lowest quality.

Client: Australian War Memorial

Architect: JPW

Builder: PBS Building

Value: $14M

Completion: 2011

Sector: Government & Public, Art & Culture

Services: Structural, Civil


  • 2011 AIA Sir Zelman Cowen National Award for Public Architecture
  • 2011 AIA ACT Canberra Medallion
  • 2011 AIA ACT The Romaldo Giurgola Award for Public Architecture
  • 2011 AIA ACT Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
  • 2011 AIA ACT Light in Architecture Prize
  • 2011 AIA ACT W. Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture