Berlin: Holocaust Memorial (Germany)

Holocaust Memorial

Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Peter Eisenman, Architect (1998-2005)

Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenman 05_Stephen Varady Photo

The Holocaust Museum, also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is a field of stone, a place of contemplation, a place for anyone to come at any time of the day and discover their own meaning of this place and of that time.

Designed by Peter Eisenman in 1998 it was completed in 2005.

There are 2,711 concrete slabs 2.38m long and 0.95 wide, varying in height from 0.2m to 4.7m, set in 54 rows running north-south and 87 rows running east-west set on a 19,000 square metre site, one block south of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. While set in perpendicular rows each slab is set slightly askew of the grid. This combination of rigidity and randomness gives it a more human rather than manufactured quality, while the scale of the site and repetitive pattern maintains the power of its monumentality.

Underground, below the field of stone there is also an exhibition and information centre.

Above ground memorial and entry stairs

Interior

Exit

 

Further Information:

Place: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Designer: Eisenman Architects

Photographer: Stephen Varady

Review: Der Spiegel – Interview with Peter Eisenman

Map: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

 

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