The victims of the Holocaust experienced a disruption to their lives. The design for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial acts as a disruption on the boardwalk and initially distorts orientation. Using forced perspectives to frame views, the pedestrians are drawn in as they approach the memorial. Dynamic experiences are created through sloping paths, distortion of scale and intimidating masses. Each large form is representative of one of the six mass murder facilities in Nazi Poland. From the exterior, the pathways are dark and isolating, yet as the user experiences the interior of the forms they find visual connections to others in the memorial through a series of framed views, acting as a catalyst for emotional bonds without physical interaction. The very site itself acts as a connection, a mid point, from the boardwalk to the sand. In a time of disruption, it is important to remember the power of remaining connected as one.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Atlantic City, NJ, US
Additional Credits: Kurt Rodrigo, Garret Van Leeuwen, Nick Pierotti