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NArchitekTURA：Almost a decade ago, I accidentally came across a beautiful industrial waste material – grey sandstone slabs with countless irregular cuts. For many years I was looking for an adequate design opportunity to take advantage of this singular material. Finally, I found the right project in the city of Oświęcim, where it became the leitmotiv of the Memorial Park, symbolizing the ruins of the now-defunct Great Synagogue (1863-1939) and the paths of life of the multicultural community that were once crisscrossing in this place.
References to the temple demolished 80 years ago take on various forms in the new project. The outline of the former synagogue is marked by a narrow curb, separating the interior of the park from the dense greenery surrounding it.
The main element of the park’s arrangement is a mosaic of forty grey sandstone slabs. Their irregular arrangement echoes the remains of the former synagogue (particularly its floor, made of similar stone material). Individual slabs form paths leading to other elements of the park: an outdoor exhibition module presenting the history of the synagogue (stylistically referring to our previous project of the nearby Auschwitz Jewish Center), a “well” with the historical floor (planned in the next stage of the development), a shallow water pond, Corten benches and a chandelier (which is a copy of an artefact found here during archaeological works). Dimensions, shapes and colours of these new forms are all associated not only with Jewish tradition but also with universal symbolism, legible for different confessions and cultures. This new space has an open character allowing for different ways of using, commemorating and interpreting.
“人生之路”这个主题主要以独特的材质体现出来。120 x 220厘米的灰色砂岩板表面布满不同深度的凹槽组成的“饰条”。这些切入的线条形成了一种奇异的“浮雕”，在不同的阳光角度和强度下，不同的天气情况下，外观会有所不同。有趣的是，这种几何图案不是由设计师设计出来的，而是偶然形成。这种材料被归类为工业废料，在奥斯维辛市被重新利用，借此表达对过度开采自然资源的反对意见。
The illustration of the „paths of life” title idea manifests itself mainly in the form of a unique material solution. The 120 x 220 cm grey sandstone slabs are decorated with “frieze” made up of countless grooves of varying depths. These cut-in-stone lines create a kind of singular “relief” that changes its appearance depending on the angle of sunlight and its intensity, or atmospheric conditions – rain, snow etc. Interestingly, this geometric pattern does not result from the work of architects using the latest technologies but was created quite by accident. Classified as industrial waste, they were reused and “brought back to life” in the city of Oświęcim – as a gesture of opposition to excessive exploitation of natural resources.
The crisscrossing cut-in-stone lines also take on a symbolic dimension. Without any clear beginning or end, they seem to be heading towards infinity. This dense network of lines evokes the paths of human life, that sometimes just intersect, and at other times connect to go on together. A seemingly abstract mosaic may also resemble the now-defunct urban layout of a pre-war city – its streets, pavements and buildings. This „cut-in-stone” history of Oświęcim, the Great Synagogue and the ruins remaining after its destruction aims at preserving the memory of the past, with a warning message for the future, at the same time beautifully celebrating the present. Who knows, maybe after a few hundred years time, this place will become a mysterious archaeological site? After all, throughout centuries, humanity has been learning about ancient times from illustrations and texts immortalized in stone. I often wonder how will be interpreted in the distant future the message hidden in the forty pieces of the Memorial Park?
主创设计师：Bartosz Haduch, Łukasz Marjański
合作方：Magdalena Poprawska, Maria Koczur, Robert Haponik
客户：Auschwitz Jewish Center
摄影师：Piotr Strycharski, Bartosz Haduch
Project name: The Great Synagogue Memorial Park in Oświęcim
Project location: Berka Joselewicza 5, 32-600 Oświęcim
Completion Year: 2020
Size: 693 sqm
Landscape/Architecture Firm: NArchitekTURA
Lead Architects: Bartosz Haduch, Łukasz Marjański
Collaborators: Magdalena Poprawska, Maria Koczur, Robert Haponik
Clients: Auschwitz Jewish Center
Photo credits: Piotr Strycharski, Bartosz Haduch
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