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Zerafa Studio Designs Memorial for Orange County Crime Victims

Zerafa Studio Designs Memorial for Orange County Crime Victims
Zerafa Studio Designs Memorial for Orange County Crime Victims , © Zerafa Studio
© Zerafa Studio

Manhattan-based Zerafa Architecture Studio has been announced as winner of a competition to design a monument to Orange County’s crime victims. Placed between two natural mounds on axis with Irvine’s Mason Regional Park office, the winning scheme carves a subtle, circular void within the park’s forested landscape that offers a range of experiences to the community.

© Zerafa Studio
© Zerafa Studio

Visitors approach the Orange County Victims’ Memorial via a lighted circular path of grass pavers, which defines the eastern edge of an event space and open lawn. Though the pathway gently leads them to the memorial’s entrance, visitors are encouraged to experience the memorial in their own way, whether intimately from within or overlooking from the above. 

© Zerafa Studio
© Zerafa Studio

Once inside the tapered void, a wall of bronze plates encircles visitors with inscribed victim names illuminated from within. A continous concrete bench offsets the interior core and provides seating for those wishing for a more contemplative experience within arms reach of the wall. 

  • Competition

    Orange County Crime Victims' Memorial
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    William R Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, USA
  • Design Architect

    Zerafa Studio with Gregory T. Waugh
  • Design Team

    Jason M Zerafa, Gregory T Waugh, Patrick C Clare, Nick T Winter
  • Client

    OC Crime Victims' Memorial Foundation / OC Parks
  • Project Year

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Karissa Rosenfield
Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Zerafa Studio Designs Memorial for Orange County Crime Victims " 29 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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