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Memorial for the jews of Bukovina

Memorial for the jews of Bukovina

Authors: Sbiera Sabina

Tutor: Dr. arh. Pavel Cosmin, dr. arh. Constantin Cristina, ing. Madalin Coman

Authors’ Comment

Memorial for the Jews of Bucovina. For the diploma project I proposed a scattering of archetypes from the mosaic cult, channeling more on the significance of the tabernacle, the Jewish tent, which invites visitors to discover and go through them, thus taking part in this memorial. The memorial proposal is also motivated by the fact that now the last survivors of the Holocaust are dying, the duty of remembrance of the younger generations becomes increasingly important.
Location, Siret customs - Siret Checkpoint. Creating a cultural route from the south west of Bucovina (that is, from the heart of Vatra Dornei) we go up way to the top. Where we find the memorial and the route can continue to Chernivtsi. The chosen place has a special importance in this project because this memorial is dedicated to the mosaic community from all over Bucovina. The choice of location near the border is primarily a symbol of union between the two Bucovinas separated by a national border.
By focusing specifically on the significance of the tent, I followed the specific cultural orientation, creating a simple but powerful, independent gesture that subordinates the rest of the worldly functions below it. These functions invite the visitors of the memorial to take part in it and to use it for educational, informational and commercial purposes. The tabernacle is a portable sanctuary where the Lord dwells with man. It is said that this tabernacle is the truth of God.
The memorial has 3 main parts. One above ground, one below, and the road leading to Siret river. Each part is conceived as one part of the whole. The memorial is served by one entrance where a gentle staircase and one lift can bring visitors down to a single below ground level. From the memorial triangle entrance, visitors will be greeted by professor Hrenciuc Daniel. All parts of the memorial can be seen from the main hall and this legibility is important for newcomers. The side gallery offers visual relics and artifacts and a call for new discoveries. This frame that houses the exhibition spaces together with the study ones built in a regular way, reminiscent of the spaces where the Jews were kept during the Holocaust, and in the middle of this frame the other functions float. All these spaces being linked to the road that leads to the end of the journey from the memorial. A road that leads to recovery. Towards peace and serenity.

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