Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah

Museum of Italian Jews and Shoah

The principles are used to transform the place, a place of suffering and exclusion, too similar to the cultural and historical story of the Jewish people, into one of life and culture, to sublimate it in a new condition.


The project intends to exploit the existing, closed, limiting, oppressive structure of the former prison, involving it in a conceptual transformation that makes it an open space, part of the urban fabric, a place of cultural exchange for the acceptance of minorities, a contemporary agora. The first design action is physically carried out in making a “cut” in the existing building through a disassembly that leaves the masonry clearly visible above the walking surface.


The result is a “podium” which becomes the basis of the museum structure; above, at the level of the city, a hanging garden open to the city returns this secret place to the city itself, thus making it accessible and livable. The negatives become positive: from the free space of the courtyards two new towers emerge that emerge from the “podium”. Two translucent, diaphanous towers interact with the city, a clear and obvious sign of the presence of the new museum.

Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah

Studio Benaim worked on the competition for the Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah. The proposed project was designed by the team: André Benaim, Ipostudio Architetti srl, and Aei Progetti.

Location: Ferrara
Year: 2010

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