Collier Memorial

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

USA

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

Situated on MIT’s campus in honour of Officer Sean Collier who was shot and killed on April 18th 2013, the Collier Memorial marks the site of tragedy with a timeless structure, translating the phrase "Collier Strong" into a space of remembrance through a form that embodies the concept of strength through unity.  The memorial is composed of thirty-two solid blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. Each block supports the other to create a central, covered space for reflection. Inspired by the gesture of an open hand, the memorial’s shallow stone vault is buttressed by five radial walls, which extend outward toward the campus. The ovoid space at the centre of the radial walls creates a passage, a marker, and an aperture that reframes the site. The Collier Memorial offers the opportunity to remember Officer Sean Collier and honour his life and service, and represent shared values: openness in the face of threat, unity through diversity, and strength through community.

Credits

Lead Design Architect

Howeler + Yoon Architecture LLP

Architect

Howeler + Yoon Architecture LLP

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Ochsendorf DeJong and Block Consulting Engineers

Primary Use Class

Sui Generis - Other Use Class not listed above