Status: Competition (2017)
Clasification: Honour mention
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
Scale: 460 ㎡ Small
Types: Landscape, Monument
The Memorial Site is raised as a tensed-up gap between the river and a levitative slab. A sculpture with hidden complexities in its inside, aims to be a reference in the landscape. Inside of our introspective space, the program is diluted by generating a continuous but sectorized volume. By doing so, the Memorial becomes a large room for memories which path brings history in a chronological way.
To be inside the Memorial resembles to be in a fault line, as be hidden in the inside of an earthquake crack. Its first part consists of a narrow space where it hardly fit one person going through, feeling the anguish when walking just following where it comes, as walking among ruins, without being able to look back.
The Tsunami is represented with an open space, where the immensity of the nature against the any human been is shown. The shaking water flowing between the two parts is kept in the inside generating a bedding where to walk through. The Memorial absorbs the waves constantly taking advantage of the current and the passing ships. This means that depending on the weather, the tide, or the amount of boats, the space will answer differently, making any visitor walk different.
The fire is the abstract of and old burned church, a place for meditation, and reminiscence of death, a dark chapel with just the water sound and reflection as company. The upper slab empties perpendicularly so that the joint between both resembles a Latin cross settle as two arcades, where the light simulates an apse and the access to the church.
Finally, we find a discrete viewpoint looking to the bridge jointing both landmarks. The view brings a vision of the future and the progress, a reminder that an earthquake gives us the opportunity to rebuilt the city with modern criteria.
The transition between the different zones is done through spaces with low height, forcing to tilt the head to move forward. Walking on water hinders the path to get wet. In general, the memorial uses the discomfort as another tool, as non- architectural element that conditions and prohibits.
A simple and void space that brings the whole story of the place, as a timeless monument dedicated to remembering.