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

Type: Memorial

Prize: First prize, International Competition 2015

Site: Via Giacomo Matteotti / Via dè Carracci, Bologna Italy

Year: 2016

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

Lighting: Erco

Photographs: Simone Bossi

Video: Visual lab

Model: Francisco Muñoz Albarracín

Model photographs: Ugo Salerno / Another Studio


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