DENVER, Colorado, 2020
The COVID-19 death toll in Colorado, USA, had surpassed 2000 people as of October 2020, with a steady increase observed after the second wave of the pandemic. To commemorate the lives lost and capture the spiritual essence of the situation, a memorial project has been proposed that employs an irregular building with systematic random elements. This structure is planned to be located at the Civic Center in Denver, Colorado, amidst the central government buildings in the area.
While the proposed memorial space and the surrounding classical buildings differ in architectural style, they share design elements such as shape, color, and axis, creating a simulation between the postmodern memorial spaces and the classical buildings. The triangular form of the memorial is a deconstruction of the Greek pediment's gable, reflecting the government buildings' style. The color yellow is chosen for functional and aesthetic purposes, symbolizing happiness and optimism in sensory design, giving the families who visit a positive and uplifting atmosphere. Additionally, the yellow color is linked to the golden elements surrounding it.
The memorial's design is flexible and adaptable to add names through time, symbolizing the pandemic's ongoing impact. Triangular shapes are optimal for this purpose, as they allow for new elements to be added without disrupting the surface's overall harmony. The names of those who passed away from COVID-19 will be engraved on the triangular surfaces, expressing the instability of the death rate while providing room for more names to be added. The design remains open to evolving with the situation. During the day, natural sunlight will move over visitors through the opening roof, while at night, artificial light will shine through the roof, creating a spiritual atmosphere.
Type of work: Individual Participation.