In collaboration with Shigeru Ban and Gringo Cardia, the permanent exhibition installed at the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Museum was organized with the themes Defending Human Dignity, Refusing Fatality, and Restoring the Family Link. The materiality of the built interventions are intended to evoke an emotional awareness of the loss and tragedy that occur either through man-made or natural events. Kéré Architecture's contribution to the exhibit aims to recognize the importance of reconstructing human connections when they are unexpectedly broken or severed. Hemp concrete is used in the construction of a passage and memorial tower in reference to traditional domestic architecture of a family home. In examining the connection between family and nature, a Tree of Messages demonstrates the innate contradiction between war and nature, or moreover, destruction and creation. The Room of Witnesses, on the otherhand, signifies transparency and hope with its light-weight wooden construction. The focus of the work intends to reveal the significance of reconnecting those who are orphaned, missing, or unexpectedly killed with their families; a major objective of the Red Cross/Red Crescent organization.
STATUS: Completed 2012
SITE: Geneva / Switzerland
SIZE: 400 m²
CLIENT: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
AWARDS: Kenneth Hudson Award - European Museum of the Year Award 2015