Hinzert Information Centre

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Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten
location Hinzert
function information centre
contributed by Ursula_Baus

On the site of a former concentration camp in Hinzert, architects Wandel Höfer Lorch + Hirsch have designed an unconventional, sculptural building that is a mixture of memorial space and exhibition venue. Like a battered reptile, the 43-metre-long structure occupies a gentle slope, rising from 2 to 7 metres in height. The all-in-one supporting structure, roof and façade consist of over 3000 different triangular plates of 12-millimetre Cor-ten steel. This reddish brown envelope encases an elongated exhibition space, a seminar room and an office, with lines of sight giving the impression of a single spatial unit. The inner skin consists of triangular birch plywood panels, to which photographs and texts have been applied using an ink jet process - like a contemporary form of fresco. The front end of the exhibition space -oriented towards the former camp- is a large window, whose rhomboid grid of steel strips evokes an oppressive sense of incarceration.

Naomi says:
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The building itself is amazing but I was disappointed of the space around it.
Prague, Czech Republic 10-Aug-11
clive says:
when you look from inside out of the front window superimposed on the glass is an image of the old camp we were there this year(09)thanks to the teacher who gave us the whole history of the camp from constructio(in perfect english)it was very movig
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Hinzert Information Centre
An der Gedenkstätte
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday to friday: 09.00 - 13.00 / 14.00 - 17.00 Saturday & sunday: 14.00 - 17.00 Closed on mondays
Completion 2005
ArchitectWandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten
structural engineerSchweitzer Ingenieure
Client Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate
Project ID 1135
Latitude/Longitude 49°42'00N 06°53'35E
Contributed by Ursula_Baus
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