This competition called for a landscape and architecture concept for a Concentration Camp Memorial. This camp was located near Sobibór, a small town in eastern Poland, where a quarter of a million people were killed during World War II.
The task consisted of planning a new museum building and arranging memorial signs in the extensive forest nearby. All project components had to be imbued with artistic and ideological meanings.
The design was based on a game of scales with the memorial camp being visible and recognizable from various scopes. Beginning from the micro-scale which allows visitors to perceive details directly, the projects flow through an architectural scale towards the monuments and buildings. Finally, through aerial photos and satellite images, the camp can be visited on a macro-scale from all over the world, introducing a new digital concept of a memorial. After the war, there were many attempts to remove the traces of Nazi crimes in Sobibór, therefore this concept should be understood as a symbolic stand against forgetfulness.
The memorial in Sobibor recreates the path that victims followed from their arrival at the camp through all the stages to the place of execution and the mass graves.
The dramatic attempts of the resistance and opposition to the inhumane acts are also depicted as a complementary element to the memorial.
SOBIBÓR CONCENTRATION CAMP MEMORIAL
ARCHITECTURE OPEN COMPETITION, 2014