Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Simone Schnase
Photo © Stefan Schöning
Photo © Stefan Schöning
Photo © Stefan Schöning
Photo © WES LandscapeArchitecture
Photo © WES LandscapeArchitecture
Photo © Stefan Schöning
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Memorial Esterwegen

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Location
Esterwegen
Year
2011

On the site of the concentration camp Esterwegen, built in 1933, a memorial was set up in memory of all fifteen camps in the Ems region and their victims.

None of the above-ground construction elements were still standing. For this reason, “tree parcels”, with the dimensions of the former barracks were cut out of the red oaks planted in the fifties. A contrast to this almost park-like scenario is formed by the gravel covering of the entire area that once housed the prisoners, the bulky silhouettes like paper cuttings, high walls made of Corten steel, an interpretation of the watchtowers, the course of the wall and the gates.

A place for “active” recollection has developed, which encourages the visitors to allow the history and the topography of violence, threat and destruction to evolve in their imagination, while also relating this to the present.

Client
Foundation GedenkstÄtte Esterwegen

Project period
2007 - 2011

Size
84.300 m²

Competition
1. Prize „Gedenkstätte Esterwegen“, 2007
with Hans-Hermann Krafft, Berlin

Realisation
WES LandscapeArchitecture with H.H. Krafft

Partner
Hans-Hermann Krafft, Berlin
Hans Dieter Schaal, Attenweiler (design + implementation documentation centre)

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