The Hinzert Museum and Document Center in Gedenkstätte Roter Ochse, Halle, Germany by Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch:

The landscape around the village of Hinzert is an idyll in a German countryside characterized by smooth hills and agriculturally used fields. No original traces refer to its use between 1939 and 1945 when the site was a Special Camp for political prisoners from more than 20 countries. The prize-winning project from Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch questions the political and territorial deformations of the landscape: a document center including archives, research library, seminar and exhibition spaces. The architects, internationally celebrated for their new synagogue in Dresden, continue with this new project their specific interest in the relation between material strategies and their conceptual potential.

The architects designed an unconventional project that seamlessly blends intuition and rational development strategies. The 43-meter-long structure occupies a gentle slope, rising from two to seven meters in height. The all-in-one structure, roof and façade consists of over three thousand different triangular plates of 12-millimeter Corten steel. These were welded together in a workshop to form twelve large elements that were then assembled on site. The angles between the individual panels were calculated to ensure that the elements have an adequate structural height and that the entire construction forms a rigid folded plate.

via ArchDaily


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