Uruguayan architecture firm Gómez Platero has designed the world’s first memorial for the victims of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The vast, 40m-wide circular structure will provide not only a safe space for mourning, but also reflection and introspection. The concept has been designed to sit on an urban waterfront location, that looks out over an untouched natural environment.
The design can only be accessed by a long pedestrian walkway, drawing visitors away from the sights and sounds of the urban landscape, creating a bridge to the natural world. Suspended over the water, at the centre of the platform there is an open void, which looks down onto the water below.
Made from Corten steel and concrete, the memorial will be able to welcome 300 visitors at a time, while social distancing.
‘It is, above all, a collective and historical reality, made of small fragments which survive over time and become culture. It is a way to show who we are on this planet,’ says director and lead architect Martín Gómez Platero.
from ICON magazine. more here