THEME: Auschwitz is now a town of about 40,000 inhabitants, a small suburb of the city where you can feel the traces of a sad past. It is undeniable that the memory associated to these places still images of the Nazi extermination. Not to mention the time has come to rid the place to be this unjust ballast. We therefore want to rethink a structure that is an ode to joy, a space in which favor the aggregation and conviviality among individuals. We want to celebrate their identity, give redemption to those who in ages even so far has seen its dignity broken. The MEMORIAL CULTURAL CENTRE will be a meeting space in the heart of town, a center of reference on an urban scale. Inside, creative workshops, a theater and an auditorium will become important social incubators. Both know how much memory will be the basis of future generations. There cannot be culture without memory!
FIRST PRIZE: Kyungmin Rim, Eunbyul Jo (South Korea)
……..Auschwitz is one of the most painful story of why, in many, I imagine this city as a place dark. But on the contrary, it is a scenario that can also express serenity, like so many places in the world. The project aims to build a complex for people who live in the present, rather than showing only mourning. In the concentration camp, old barracks, became places where people pile unjustly convicted. Today become spaces of commemoration that celebrate the sanctity of life. The shape interacts with the place, the function deletes the brutality that have crossed……
SECOND PRIZE: Alexandros Merkouris (Austria)
……..the proposal works as a nest of creativity. Its position between the heart of the city and the ruins of the past creates a connection between yesterday and today. The project has a primary task, drawing a public hub that is always open to the city and visitors. The four inputs create a connection system with the implant pre-existing urban. The goal is to demonstrate how there is no future without a past, like the memory can be a pretext for the rebirth of future ages……..
THIRD PRIZE: Castoldi Tommaso (Italia)
……..in memory of Auschwitz there many returns as the image of one of the entrances most feared of the story: hard to forget those rails that inexorably led the prisoners in the camp. On this basis the project does not provide a single entrance, intent of deconstruction of a sad memory. The new cultural center will be accessible from any direction. The monolithic volume is the cumbersome memory without limiting the prospects of optical visitors. There are no predetermined paths, it is an urgent need for freedom left too long precluded……..
MENTION: Kirillova Daria (Russia)
……..it is a cultural center that became the symbol peruna free society. The inputs are significant, they represent the metaphor of what has been. You enter the hotel via a passage by the modest dimensions, to emphasize the cruelty with which people were sucked into the field. The output is, however, much broader. It symbolizes the struggle of people against the cruelty and violence, is the final destruction of evil in favor of victory. The light entering from the side slits represents all the people who have experienced this terrible moment of humanity…….
MENTION: Manuel Alejandro Suàrez Hernàndez (Mexico)
……..the global observatory for the memory of the genocide stems from the idea that life and hope arise where once there was pain and suffering. She wants to become a symbol of peace, a break with the great tragedy of the past. The central square is a meeting point for people who do not have resulted from the study of any previous arrangement. The intention was not to bring back the past in any contemporary choice. Trees deliberately split the pavement, it is the strength of the roots that do not want more constraints. The new spaces will be the place where people can get rich with experiences of collective joy……….
MENTION: Stepan Kukharskiy, Alina Chereyskaya (Russia)
……..we want the memorial cultural center as a modern, contemporary, drawing its influences from the place where it is located. The flooring in shades of black and white, symbolizing the uniform worn by prisoners of the camp. The walkway creates a link between the past Auschwitz (concentration camp of Auschwitz) and the future of the city (its further development). All functional blocks of the building (auditorium, library, office, workshop rooms, restaurant, technical area, located underground) are arranged along the main path. The project has relied to a soft form, in contrast with the rigid geometry of the area. Multimedia interactions outdoor tell the story of the place and keep his memory alive………
MENTION: Lupini Davide (Italia)
……..the memorial cultural center is conceived as a large public space that combines memory, symbolism and aggregation looking to the past with an eye to the future. The shape is inspired by the barbed wire, a characteristic concentration camps, which is here reproduced ideally as a structural element. The images on the skin of the building depicting scenes of captivity and liberation in response to the desire for brotherhood among peoples. The germ-Semitism can be fought only through memory. The complex, through its meanings, is not afraid to remember, becoming the bearer of a new message of rebirth………