We placed second in Matterbetter’s international design competition in 2014. The competition asked participants to submit a concept for a memorial, which would remember and honour the victims of the MH17 plane crash earlier that year.
Our design for the memorial site would sit on an artificial island in IJmeer, a bordering lake near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. We understood that the memorial would be a new public space, evoking a sense of remembrance with the ability to host ceremonies, recreation and private gatherings. Not to mention, a vital part of Amsterdam’s cultural infrastructure. We proposed a concept design that juxtaposes the park and memorial through a shifting relationship of time, creating a dichotomy between use and meaning. Similar to the hour hand of a clock, we designed the movement of the island to be an enthralling and magical journey, effectively marking the passage of time throughout the year by physically transforming the space.
We submitted a design concept to Matterbetter that emphasized the valuable qualities of a memorial while challenging the conventional idea of a memorial landscape park.