ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN + URBANISM
SANDY HOOK MEMORIAL PASSAGE

Sandy Hook Memorial Passage

SANDY HOOK MEMORIAL PASSAGE

SANDY HOOK MEMORIAL PASSAGE

Newtown, Connecticut | 2017

Aneesha Dharwadker

The natural landscape is a mirror of the human condition. It ebbs and flows with seasons, grows and diminishes with time, and shows us moments of healing and renewal. It frames both solitary and communal experiences.

The Passage is a void in the landscape, signifying profound loss. At the same time, it celebrates the lives lost at Sandy Hook through simple natural elements like sky, wind, water, and sunlight.

An excavated corridor spans the site, connecting multiple program elements: a sunken Reflection Pool, a light-filled Contemplation Room, and Grove Clearings, where dedicated granite benches are arranged along with wooden swings, plants, and trees.

Visitors ascend and descend through different architecture and landscape interventions, experiencing moments of reflection, mourning, and catharsis.

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 The design palette is simple: concrete, gravel, water, light.  Landscape elements include White and Yellow Birch trees, Agrimony, and Buttercup, and native birds like the American Robin, Rufous Hummingbird, and Yellow-Billed Cuckoo.

The design palette is simple: concrete, gravel, water, light.

Landscape elements include White and Yellow Birch trees, Agrimony, and Buttercup, and native birds like the American Robin, Rufous Hummingbird, and Yellow-Billed Cuckoo.

 Moments across the site

Moments across the site