Memorial to Remember the lost in Sandy Hook Tragedy
THE GATE OF HOPE
Designing of the memorial for us is a task to change sorrow and grief into peace and calm, and furthermore to bring hope and love that how others share their hearts with people who lost their loved ones. The ultimate message through the memorial is not to reveal of the horrific incident but to manifest hope for people to look forward to the day they will meet together.
The location of the site is well resided amid natural environment. From the access to the inner site area is filled with trees and plants. Two existing ponds are well located for a meditation. In its regard, we intend the main element of the structure not to change or damage the current environment. We want to preserve and magnify the existing nature. Simple gesture of the straight lines either vertical or horizontal is better to come into the space in order to bring the calmness as well as to respect the emotions of families not to remind chaotic and uncontrolled grief in the past.
The main landscape concept is to embrace the natural environment of the location and creates a healing destination within. Various sizes of floor pavement are applied to welcome visitors from the entrance to the memorial and to the ponds.
Our designers preserve the existing tree lines for two purposes. Firstly, the tree-lines act as natural visual barrier between the memorial and the surrounding areas. Secondly, the main circulation is integrated to the trees, thus different woodland passages are generated. Through metaphoric expression of life journey, everyone should have their own way. Total 16, including 2 disable parking available at the North-west side. Also, paved ramp available at the South-west for disable visitors.