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Bologna Shoah Memorial
The Shoah was not the experience of a single person but of a community who suffered a common injustice. The aim of the project is to give to Bologna a recognizable monument as a unique and a new reference for the historical center. A landmark that will highlight the skyline of the city and allow people to evoke the memory of the past in the remembrance of those who have suffered horrible events.
This way, the structure of the wooden bunks in the concentration camps, where the bodies of prisoners were clumped together and their will to live was crushed by the feeling of the end, comes to life in an urban setting. It dramatically increases in size and projects into the space an infinite repetition of a module, appearing like a single cell of the dormitory.
Passers-by can experience the memorial by walking through the narrow and cold passage between the two equal and symmetrical elements. There, their thoughts become disoriented and merged with the memory of a mass extermination.
Client: Comunità Ebraica di Bologna
Prize: First prize, International Competition 2015
Site: Via Giacomo Matteotti / Via dè Carracci, Bologna Italy
Project: SET Architects
Project team: Lorenzo Catena, Chiara Cucina, Onorato di Manno, Andrea Tanci
Competition team: Lorenzo Catena, Chiara Cucina, Onorato di Manno,
Gianluca Sist, Andrea Tanci
Structural engineering: Proges Engineering - Ing. Andrea Imbrenda
General Contractor: Sì Produzioni - Francesco Bernardi, Luigi Tortato
Metalworking: Officina Paolo Cocchi
Photographs: Simone Bossi
Video: Visual lab
Model: Francisco Muñoz Albarracín
Model photographs: Ugo Salerno / Another Studio
©SET Architects 2018