New Documentation and information Center at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.
KSP Engel and Zimmermann Architects' two hundred-meter long and eighteen meters wide, relatively slender monolithic building houses the new Documentation and information Center at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. The two-storey edifice, stringently structured in terms of function, lies like a dynamically extended walk-in sculpture in the middle of Heidewald forest on the edge of the former concentration camp. Its extraordinary cubature, the radical limitation to just a few monochrome materials, the lack of any detailed ornamentation as well as the physical presence of the large shape with minimalist recesses and openings merge into a powerful, meaningful piece of architecture. At the place where they were actually perpetrated, it illustrates in a self-confident but unobtrusive manner the function and importance of a new form of documentation and research fo Nazi crimes that is geared to international standards, and gives it a form of expression that is appropriate to the task.
Two paths lead from the entrance: the one into the building, continuously though scarely perceptibly rising in a perplexing manner along the exhibtion areas to the end of the large hall. Here a wide window that embraces the front of the building affords visitors to the exhibition an excellent view both inside and outside and gives the structure a striking appearance.