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Gaeta-Springall Arquitectos: The site is in Chapultepec, the most important park of Mexico City. This part of the forest belongs to the Federal Government and was under the custody of the Secretariat of National Defense for many decades, so, first of all, the memorial project means the recuperation of 15,000 square meters of public space.
In this project, we give material form to one of the most important issues of contemporary Mexican society: violence. In response to this, we propose an open project, open to the city and open to appropriation by its citizens: a space that exists in a state of complete openness to the city and its actors.
▼高大的钢墙采用耐腐蚀钢制成 The steel walls are made of corrosion resistant steel.
▼墙与树木之间的空隙提醒我们记住那些因暴力而逝去的人们 These voids between the steel walls and the trees evoke the non-presence and the absence of the victims.
In this manner, the project plays the double role of public space and memorial. Violence is suggested in the proposal in two dimensions: the immaterial and the built. On one hand, the immaterial takes place in the the voids created between the steel walls and the trees. These voids evoke the non-presence and the absence of the victims. On the other hand, the surfaces of the steel walls, rusty or mirroring, show that we can be contained or lost, and that we can add or multiply ourselves. Thus, if we understand violence as destruction, building these seventy walls play as the great antidote to violence. The seventy walls that appear among the trees, set off a dialogue between nature and architecture: forest of trees and forest of walls.
▼夜晚的纪念园在灯光的衬托下显得更加肃穆 The sense of solemn of Memorial even more impressed when the night falls.
In the central space, which is the main space of the memorial, there is a 1,200-square-meter reflecting pool with an undetermined form and open geometry. It is open and undetermined like the rest of the project: an unfinished form that fuses materials. It is here that the walls emerge arresting and dramatic, shapes appear in the reflecting pools, drawing the eye to the sky and the water, elements that are natural and infinite. The seventy steel walls become mirrors or canvasses. In them, the citizen may see his reflection as well as the forests’ and will also be able to write, draw and express his feelings.
▼人们通过在墙上书写、绘画来表达自己的感受，水中还倒映着纪念钢墙的轮廓 People can express his feelings through writing and drawing, shape of walls appear in the reflecting pools as well.
Architects: Gaeta Springall Arquitectos
Area: 15000.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Architect in Charge: Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall, Ricardo López
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