Christchurch Memorial - Ideas to Remember


Memorial for Christchurch Earthquake 2010


Ōtākaro/Avon River, between the Montreal Street bridge and Rhododendron Island


Submitted: 2014

In 2014 Leffler Simes Architects participated in the “Ideas to Remember” competition run by the Christchurch Central Development Unit.

Designs ideas were requested for the proposed Canterbury Earthquake Memorial as a tribute to the 185 people who lost their lives on the 4th of September 2010, due to New Zealand’s second deadliest natural disaster to date. The magnitude of the earthquakes devastations where so large that Christchurch’s CBD was cordoned off until July 2013 and only 20% of the original buildings will remain when demolition is completed.

Leffler Simes design included references back to the forces of the earthquake, remembrance of mourning the lost but also referencing symbols of new life and growth. This tragedy has brought about strength in the local community and the country as a whole.

The aim of our design was to create a space that will offer solace to all those affected but hope for a brighter future ahead.