Diploma Project: Romania’s Museum of Communism
Special thanks to my tutor, Prof. Dr. Arch. Augustin Ioan. Collaboration was great!
The future Museum of Communism is a controversial subject in Romania. While some historians and political scientists consider it mandatory for every post-communist society, others deny the need and reasons for such a building. My project aims to bring together the two different approaches on memorial architecture – the edifice (The existing ”Radio House” built in the last years of the Communist regime) and rememorative architecture (my proposal).
The main trail ends with a 6’th story view over Bucharest, centered on “Casa poporului”, Nicolae Ceaușescu’s most notorious representative edifice.
After visiting the main trail (the corten tube), visitors gain acces to the main atrium – a place of meditation built as a memorial of collective and personal trauma. Thus, it marks an absence – a void in the Romanian society. Strong zenith and lateral lighting (leaving violent shadows) along with the cracked lines and holes’ pattern, give the space an ambiguous and neurotic character; the boundary between inside and outside (presence and void) becomes unclear. The metal structure and red weathering steel evoke the forced industrialisation specific to the Socialist epoch.
A secondary exhibition – Life in Communist Prisons and Labour Camps, also containing a Victims’ Memorial.