Ecumenical Memorial in Bialystok
The main subject of my project was to create auniversal memorial place for people from different religions to memorize thehistory of Magdalenka’s hill. My project based on labyrinth designed under theground. The entrance to the complex is localized from the Grunwaldzka street,and it’s form of ramp – attuned for disabled people. The first object which wecan see is a complex of pillars made of concrete and covered by differentmaterials like copper, stone, timber… They are 3 meters high and fill by thesoil. On some of them grows existing trees. This specific pillars symbolize adifferent religions connected in this place and also a kind of foundationssupporting “life” (trees).
The base of the project is rectangle divided byfour path oriented on different directions (for example the Magdalenka’sorthodox catholic chapel). At the paths are situated chapels, common room andtoilet. Also this rectangle is divided by another path directing throughhorizontal axis- is exhibition path starting from pillars complex and ending atthe Tree of Life. Going through the exhibition path we can meet some widerspaces where are designed tables with descriptions about religious history ofBiałystok. On the rectangle grows existing grass and trees but surround themare situated iron panels – symbolized graves.
At the end of complex are designed a pool ofwater with small island and cherry tree which symbolize a life and passing.
The common room is a special universal placedestined for meditation and appeasement.To make this effect I designed a glazed floor which cover a hundreds of timberslats directed vertically, tilted for many ways. – it’s a symbol of past people.The same pattern is designed on the ceiling – it’s a symbol of souls in heavenor angels. The walls are covered by the stone bricks. There are no to manyfurniture – only two timber benches destined for rest and contemplate in peace.
The memorial including 4 chapels destined fordifferent religions: catholic, orthodox catholic, old believers and jewishreligion. All of them are designed in similar, minimalistic key: white color ofwalls and floor, discreet lights from corners, black and gold elements ofaltars. White color is neutral and symbolize fineness, black and gold makecontrast and provoke to focus on altar. Altars are made of very specificelements for each religions, like tabernacle and catholic cross, iconostasiswith sacred icons, simple interior of old believers and Aron Hakodesh of jewishreligion.