MEIS, Ferrara,2010

  • project team: André Benaim, Fabio Azzato
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  • Titolo esteso: Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah, Ferrara, 2010

with: Ipostudio architetti and Aei progetti

The principles are used to transform the place, a place of suffering and exclusion, too similar to the cultural and historical story of the Jewish people, into one of life and culture, to sublimate it in a new condition. The project intends to exploit the existing, closed, limiting, oppressive structure of the former prison, involving it in a conceptual transformation that makes it an open space, part of the urban fabric, a place of cultural exchange for the acceptance of minorities, a contemporary agora. The first design action is physically carried out in making a "cut" in the existing building through a disassembly that leaves the masonry clearly visible above the walking surface. The result is a "podium" which becomes the basis of the museum structure; above, at the level of the city, a hanging garden open to the city returns this secret place to the city itself, thus making it accessible and livable. The negatives become positive: from the free space of the courtyards two new towers emerge that emerge from the "podium". Two translucent, diaphanous towers interact with the city, a clear and obvious sign of the presence of the new museum.