Besojlem Memorial Park - Lviv, Ukraine. Third Price +++ Michelangelo Acciaro Nora Lau
International Architectural Competition: Memorial of a Jewish Cemetery
BESOJLEM - THE HOUSE OF ETERNETY --|--
A long drawn out rectangle opposes itself to the floating form of the lot and refers itself to the horizontal lines of the hospital building. Its slight distortion underlines the significant earth movement of the site and its surroundings, forming an ideal continuity to the green hill alongside Zolota and Yaroslava Pstraka Street.
The invisible and the visible become the main structural features of the memorial park. Three axes cut the green space into many fragments and symbolise three of the most important realities in Jewish history in Lviv, forming a matrix of invisible connections: to the Great City Synagogue, to the Yanivsky Camp and to the Golden Rose Synagogue.
The middle axis, directing versus Yanivsky Camp, tapers down and opposes itself to the axes pointing to the two synagogues, which enlarge themselves slightly; hopelessness and death as a counterpoint to a vital cultural and ritual life.
A triangle of weathering steel slabs connects the three axes. Each slab contains blanking spaces, letters of names, remembering those, who once were buried on the grounds of the Jewish Cemetery. Inclined in many different directions in order to recall the period of Nazi destruction, they contrast the eighteen still existing headstones, aligned along the park paths, standing straight.
Long stretched cor-ten steel blades offer flexible sitting possibilities and rise up to a minimal building structure, which incorporates the transmission substation. They optically separate the recreational green spaces adjacent to the hospital, where new life begins, from the memorial headstones. In this way, the direct view is “filtered“, leaving room to conjecture and guesses.
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