Ramat Ishay Memorial Grounds and Library by SHaGa

Ramat-Ishay-Memorial-Grounds-and-Library-by-SHaGa-01In an age of accelerated change, where the physical has ultimately been replaced by the virtual and tokens of remembrance are anything but common, one contemplates the nature of memorials as physical entities.
Ramat-Ishay-Memorial-Grounds-and-Library-by-SHaGa-02The design of Ramat-Ishay’s culture centre and memorial grounds for the village’s causalities of war explores an idea of memory as an active and physical agent,  engraving its mass as a gentle relief in the local landscape and creating a memorial not as a static monumental landmark but as a community activator.
Ramat-Ishay-Memorial-Grounds-and-Library-by-SHaGa-03The local agrarian character of the Jezreel-Valley with its critical link between agriculture setup ,community building and social values (such as Kaufman’s circular Nahalal Settelment plan) is echoed in the new design of a textured green roof, an ‘agricultural-fingerprint’ serving as a way of remembering through seasonal growth, and communal activities.

Nahalal Settelment plan by Richard Kauffmann
Nahalal Settelment plan by Richard Kauffmann

The project proposes a layered organisation in which memory and everyday life, nature and culture are pleated together; seamlessly complementing each other.
Ramat-Ishay-Memorial-Grounds-and-Library-by-SHaGa-05Location: Ramat Ishay, Israel
Architects: SHaGa
Year: 2013

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