FIELD OF ONGOING PROTRUSIONS, HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
Architecture is the quiet witness of history. It transforms with the society’s values and sociocultural life. Not long ago in Europe millions of people were killed because of their beliefs and inclinations, because of the imposition of what they should be. This memorial stands for the difference and contradiction finding a new coherence between the extremes. It is made out of diverse systems which at first instance cannot coexist, and speculates on a coherence built from different connections between the parts.
The space does not tell a story or gives a meaning to the materialization of the memorial. It rather wants to leave its meaning open and create a democratic interpretation. We believe quietness is the best way to commemorate such a terrible tragedy.
How to materialize a place that preserves the memory of a horrific event without telling a story.
History is preserved in books, this space shouldn’t explain or tell stories. On the other hand it should yield for the mysterious, the sadness, and the sublime.
We have no intention in explain such tragedy. Rather than giving a close reading we want to leave it open producing a mysterious landscape of weird ornaments and protruded objects where people can think about the monstrosity of the Shoah.
Lines, Fields and Objects
The project is drawn for outside/in as well as inside/out; the contingencies of the site bring the lines of the city grid into the project, producing a strange field of ornaments. On the other hand, the objects are internal protrusions of the ornamented field, finding a new relation between field and objects; as the objects cannot exist without the field and their contingencies but at the same time are autonomous parts acting as prosthesis within the urban landscape.
This new take on tectonics, objects and fields yields for an ambiguous relation between the parts, hoping that the user can speculate on what this memorial can produce.
Location : Bologna, Italy
Type : Memorial, Competition
Status : Conceptual Design, Settle
Year : 2015
Team : Isaac Michan Daniel, Isidoro Michan Guindi, Narcisso Martinez, Arturo Lezama, Omar Acevedo