A design by the London-based firm craft:pegg is featuring in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) exhibition, ‘Architecture Open’
The exhibition showcases what RIBA consider to be the most engaging and compelling unbuilt projects. craft:pegg’s ambitious design is for a National War Memorial on Dover’s historic Western Heights, which comprises 12 three-metre-high white granite walls, each representing one of the years of conflict from 1914-18 to 1939-45. The walls will display the names of each of the 1.7 million casualties of the British Commonwealth.
The design, which was initially worked up as a speculative studio project, has proved to be popular with the local community and is well on the way to being realised.
“The National War Memorial will become a vital national asset in refreshing remembrance of the nation’s sacrifice in the two World Wars,” said David Foley, a local business leader and chair of the campaign to build the memorial. “Once complete, this will be a world-class piece of land art personally pertinent to every family in the country.”
Design director John Pegg is similarly excited that it is featuring in the RIBA exhibition. “In the professional world, our creative and entrepreneurial instincts are often subordinated to client needs,” he said. “In this case, the idea, the place and the time have come together to make a project of massive social and regenerational benefit.”
RIBA’s ‘Architecture Open’ is open to the public until 4 November at RIBA’s headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.