The premise of this project proposal is the conception of an archive building set in an undetermined future, coined The Locket. The primary objective of this building serves for the collective memory of people rather than the people themselves. This critical difference from more traditional building types stems from the belief that the most resilient bonds between people are created through the commonality of shared emotions and history – rather than spatial proximity or physical engagement (e.g. community centers and urban parks). Ultimately, the archive building is an instrument which allows an in-depth investigation on how to accentuate a stronger underlying bond within a given social context.
The Locket houses two main functions - first, to safeguard deteriorating materials deemed indispensable by the Cambodian people; and second, to commemorate emotional events of the past by creating a Cambodian genocide memorial. Being set in the future, the scenario of the Locket attempts to address probable internal (e.g. social, cultural) as well as external (e.g. site conditions, climate change) issues related to Cambodia that may or may not present themselves in the coming future.
Status: School Project
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia