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Architecture Project in United States of America – design by Tigerman McCurry Architects

20 Apr 2009

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

2009

Design: Tigerman McCurry Architects

Holocaust Museum in USA

Images, 20 Apr 2009:

East Elevation
Illinois Holocaust Museum

South Elevation viewing Righteous Wall
Illinois Holocaust Museum

The architectural features of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center affirm its place as both monumental and memorial. Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the 65,000-square-foot space incorporates historical and emotional symbolism as a response to the apocalyptic inhumanity of the Holocaust.

A theme throughout the building is the journey from darkness to light, explicit in the exterior’s starkly divided dark and light wings, and carried out as the visitor travels though the interior. These wings are steeped in both cultural and religious significance:

•The dark wing faces southeast towards Jerusalem, while the light wing faces due east in anticipation of a Messianic Age.
•Museum visitors enter on the facility’s dark side, where dark walls and sharp angles represent the descent into darkness and the horrors of the Holocaust.
•Dark and light sides are connected by a “hinge” that symbolizes the rupture in humanity that occurred during the Holocaust and houses the facility’s anchor artifact, an early 20th century German rail car of the type used to transport Jews to concentration camps.
•The light side of the Museum uses soft rounded edges and natural light to emphasize exhibits that represent the rescue and renewal of survivors of the Holocaust. The upper level of the building’s light side houses the Legacy of Absence Gallery, the Room of Remembrance and the Hall of Reflection.

Source: Illinois Holocaust Museum Architecture

Memorial Wall
Illinois Holocaust Museum

Hall of Reflection
Illinois Holocaust Museum

Book of Remembrance
Illinois Holocaust Museum

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center images / information from Tigerman McCurry Architects 200409

Stanley Tigerman


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