Civilian Memorial in Tripoli
This 3rd Year project envisages the erection of architectural tributes to civilian casualties in specific conflicts, choosing to focus on the very recent Libyan Civil War of 2011. One of the greatest losses of civilian life involved the sinking of refugee ships fleeing for the Italian island of Lampedusa from Tripoli, accounting for around 1400 civilian deaths. The project aims to provide a sacred place for remembrance, prayer and closure on an imagined site in Tripoli.
Memorialising the dead
Cast in iron into a concrete plinth, the names of the dead are allowed to rust in the saltwater environment- literally staining the Libyan ground with the memory of those lost.
The drawing reveals the transition from the shelter of the city to the framed enclosure of the opening stages of the project. Such protection then degrades into complete exposure where the names of the dead lie submerged beneath the sea- cast into the concrete in iron and allowed to rust and literally stain the Libyan ground.
Looking back towards Tripoli
Viewed from the air, the memorial projects out into the Mediterranean towards the intended destination of the refugee ships. The transition from the security of the land to the exposure of the sea aims to evoke something of the fear the victims faced.
Using the familiar arched steel forms employed throughout the rest of the project, the prayer room exhibits how these forms can be used in a protecting manner. This highlights how perception is the key factor which perpetuates mourning, inviting the victims' relatives to consider aspire to closure while continuing to remember.
Thresholds of spatial experience
This exploded isometric picks out the changes spatial experience- from initial enclosure, to void, to exposure and a sudden change of direction. From exposure to heightened exposure, and finally to quiet shelter within a terminal prayer space which aligns east towards Mecca
A glimpse of Secular Salvation
As the visitor enters the scheme, they are provided with a glimpse out towards the intended destination of the fleeing refugee ships- the Italian Island of Lampedusa.
Transitioning to total exposure
After the shelter of the entrance space, the project opens up as it enters the Mediterranean sea, exposing the visitor to the wind, spray and sounds of the ocean where the names of the dead are revealed to them.
Lighting study for the prayer space
This study considered how the steel grille could be used to dissect light delicately, where previously this element had been used to expose the visitor to the power of the sea.
The journey to prayer through remembrance
The plan illustrates how the visitor moves from the shelter of the city to the early shelter of the project which orientates towards the intended destination of the refugees. The route then sharply and unexpectedly breaks left to reveal the names of the dead, before guiding the visitor on towards prayer and a re-orientation towards Mecca.
The exposed steel walkway
To their left lies the sea, while to the right is a steel grille enhances the feeling of complete exposure.
Earlier lighting study for Prayer space
This study considered how light could be directed from the direction of Mecca in the Prayer room