name: holocaust memorial
client: American Jewish Committee
location: Bakhiv, Ukraine
program: 1075 sq.m.
architects: Dmitry Zhuikov, Arina Agieieva
photo: Anna Wojtenko/AJC
Design sets opposition between the explicit broken outlines of mounds and smooth, calm lines of the srurrounding nature. This static
dynamic gives a hint to the distinctive history and energy of the space. Thus, visibility of the burial place is underlined. Randomly inclined
faces create effect of ever-changing contours.
Path from the parking leads only to the central platform, and not directly adjacent to the mounds above the graves. For service reasons each
of the graves connected with central square with a narrow service path. This solution should prevent penetration onto the mounds. Two
distant mounds will be visible from the bench on the platform.
Stella with a memorable text is a low concrete surface, that truncates the hill above the large grave, nearby the central site. Mounds are
made of the rammed earth and protect the remains. All three mounds are covered with a large scale triangulation mesh. Path, central area
and the bench are subdivided following the same principle of triangulation.