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January 8th Memorial and Presidio Park


Tucson, Arizona, USA

Design competition: 2015

This memorial design and park master plan

reflection and respite. The terraced gardens

Encircling the memorial plaza are dozens of

commemorates the six lives lost during the

feature a modern desert landscape and

solar-powered tiles inscribed with the names

tragic shooting that occurred during a Jan. 8,

outdoor seating, comfortably shaded by the

of family, friends, first responders, hospital

2011, event hosted by U.S. Representative

shadow of City Hall.

staff and other community members. Drawing

Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.

energy from the sun, these tiles radiate light A new entrance pavilion and café outside City

throughout the night and, much like the votive

The concept proposes the development of a

Hall activate the plaza. Enhanced pedestrian

candles held at the original memorial sites,

social congregation space in El Presidio Park—

crossings link to cultural destinations and

symbolize hope.

Tucson’s foremost urban public space—to

downtown Tucson.

enhance the park’s value as the city's civic, cultural and artistic heart. The plan includes

Six bronze pillars support the canopy that

an amphitheater that would host festivals,

shades the new event space. Personalized

civic gatherings, cultural exhibits, movies

with inscriptions and objects representing

and concerts.

each person lost on that day, the pillars direct the views of visitors skyward through

Six trees planted in a memorial garden pay

the canopy. The words of support and

homage to the six individuals who lost their

remembrance that echoed throughout

lives that day, offering a place for personal

the community after the tragedy are memorialized in this civic space.

◄ rendered view at night

2016 design annual

5.5 acres / 2.2 hectares

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.

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