The Hall of Service was named in acknowledgement of the existing Memorial’s halls and to recognise more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and servicewomen. After much consideration by the Content Advisory Committee, Project Steering Committee and the Trustees, the name was formally adopted on 11 June 2015. At the threshold to the space are the words: “NSW Service with and for All Australians”.
The Hall draws from the spatial qualities of the existing spaces within the Memorial. The material qualities, the rigorous architectural composition, the clear hierarchy of spaces and structural coherence are extended into the new underground areas. Conceptually, the new Hall is envisioned as a contemporary interpretation of the original halls to extend the Memorial visitor experience into the new facility. Visitors are able to see into the Hall of Memory via sightlines through the grand stairwell and the Oculus.
The Hall functions as a greeting and orientation space for the public, including tour groups and school children; and as a venue for ceremonies and functions, flowing onto exhibition galleries and education facilities.
The artwork was developed to achieve and replicate the harmonious integration between the art and architecture of Rayner Hoff and Bruce Dellit. Fiona Hall and Richard Johnson’s collaboration continues the world class legacy of the original 1930s creative team providing space to pause and reflect on the enormity of service and sacrifice across generations. Fiona Hall’s artwork pays tribute to the people from across NSW who offered to serve in the Great War and the ongoing service and sacrifice of NSW servicemen and servicewomen and contributes a significant new civic space to Sydney’s cultural landscape.