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 MUSEUM PROJECT
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.
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.
March 15, 2010