This remarkable piece of architecture and art is NSW’s principal commemorative and interpretive war memorial
About the building
The Anzac Memorial is arguably the finest expression of Art Deco monumentality in Australia and is the largest and most ambitious of the war memorials constructed throughout NSW after the Great War.
Completed in 1934, the monument was designed by Charles Bruce Dellit, with figural reliefs and sculpture by Rayner Hoff. Its striking architectural form is capped with a ziggurat-inspired stepped roof, and adorned with 20 sculptures that are sentinels of the building.
The Centenary Project was completed in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Designed by Johnson Pilton Walker in association with GANSW, the project completed Dellit’s original vision, and Australian artist Fiona Hall created a powerful interpretive artwork in the Hall of Service. The relationship between art and architecture is seamless, testifying to an ongoing respect and reverence for this unique place within our contemporary society.
Visitors can view the Memorial building and Centenary Extension on a self-guided tour. A guided behind-the-scenes tour is also available, and includes the 1934 veteran consulting rooms. These demonstrate the unique quality of the Anzac Memorial – it serves not only a ceremonial and commemorative function, but also provided office space for veterans’ self-help groups and their kindred supporting organisations.Built
1934, 2016 –2018Architect
Bruce Dellit; artwork by Rayner HoffAlterations
Johnson Pilton Walker in association with GANSW; artwork by Fiona HallAwards
The Chicago Athenaeum/The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies – International Architecture Award, 2020
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, 2020
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Award for Urban Design, 2020
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