The Mari Memorial constitutes a sacred space and a memorial dedicated to the 13 victims of the worst military accident ever recorded in Cyprus occurred in July 2011 in the naval base Evangelos Florakis.
YEAR | 2013 TYPE | Competition LOCATION | Limassol, Cyprus
The memorial design is intended to transform the tragedy scene into a memory-landscape, a memory path through the wounded landscape. The path is in fact a new memory layer, an experiential memory path divided into 3 sections that reveals the hidden signs and highlights different aspect of the tragedy. The memory path begins from an open and wide area which gradually leads the visitor to a tiny and close space which portraits 13 wedges (one for each victim) which are located within the huge crater produced by the explosion.
The study responds to the concept of the monument by triggering visitors’ emotional experience which starts from the beginning of the path and gradually peaks at the end. At the same time, the end-of-life experiential path is designed so as to be seen from the motorway and thus elevate the memory space into a vivid reminder of the tragedy.