WWI Centenary Peace Memorial in France | Architecture Competition
The Scenotaph is the architectural performance of a funerary memorial representing the massive death during the WWI. In a war situation there is no glory to celebrate. The Scenotaph is trying to find these architectural and spacial tools to contain and conserve the memory of a massive death. It’s believed opportune to place the Scenotaph close to Nécropole nationale de Notre Dame-de-Lorette, in a way to reinforce the dialog between the landscape, the memory and the Scenotaph.
The first step for building a sepulcher, is to dig the earth. By digging, the entrance inside the Scenotaph is taking the form of an amphitheater. This underground amphitheater is serving the common pain and memory, of whoever bewails.
Following the procedure of building a sepulcher, after the obvious excavation, comes the sepulcher’s cap. This particular Scenotaph’s cap tries to follow the amphitheater as a common funerary space and drives the light to certain linear incisions. These incisions are trying to reproduce the presence of the immaterial space. Reporting the symbolism of who is not here anymore. The Scenotaph is not anymore a common memorial. The Scenotaph is trying to hear each one’s personal mourn.
The after death, life. The hope that our personal lament is not for nothing, and our lost will come back to life, or at least this lost is not for nothing. Scenotaph’s structure is the symbol to represent that exact feeling. While the columns of Scenotaph are keeping everything together,
have also a key role in this spacial scenario. The columns in Scenitaph show the intention of a reality which is not certain if it is stable or not, but at the same time they are crossing the top of the grave trying to find hope outside of it.