BOOK PUBLISHED ON THE BERLIN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL BY EISENMAN ARCHITECTS

by LVM on December 18th, 2005

Back when I was a lowly intern at Eisenman Architects, one project I worked on was the design of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial with Richard Serra. Recently Lars Muller and Peter Eisenman put together a book with wonderful photographs by Helene Binet and Lukas Wassman.

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“…the serenity and silence perceived from the street are broken by the internal claustrophobic density that gives little relief as it envelops the visitor who enters the field. The experience of being present in presence, of being without the conventional markers of experience, of being potentially lost in space, of an un-material materiality: that is the memorial’s uncertainty. When such a project can overcome its seeming diagrammatic abstraction, in it’s excess, in the excess of reason gone mad, then such a work becomes a warning, a mahnmal, not to be judged on its meaning or its aesthetic but on the impossibility of its own success.” – Peter Eisenman

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Memorial by Eisenman Architects, Text by Hanno Rauterberg, Photo Essay by Helene Binet, Photo Impressions by Lukas Wassman, Lar Muller Publishers

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