Memory Field

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
In 2005, fourteen years after Estonia regained its independence from the former Soviet Union, the country launched an international competition for the design of a 34,000 m2 (365,973 ft2) building to house the country’s important historical and cultural artifacts.

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
The winning design by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane is a long, predominantly single-story, open building. Their proposal extends well beyond the given site, to adjoin the adjacent disused airfield.

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
The runway appears to become the roof of the museum, ramping upwards to imply takeoff into “infinite space”. The underside is an elegantly cantilevered canopy that welcomes visitors inside.

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
The museum’s interaction with its site and the surrounding natural environment further strengthens its role as an ethnological monument to history of this city.

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
The interior is planned to be an open space, allowing various configurations for exhibitions, performances, and other public activities.

 

JA+U : Memory Field by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects
The glazed exterior allows views into the surrounding environment. The project is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2015.

Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects was founded in Paris by Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh, and Tsuyoshi Tane in 2006. Their works include installation, scenography, and architectural design. A selection of their works, including the Memory Field, are featured in JA 86 (Summer 2012).