NYC AIDS Memorial Park By transferring the triangle site into a raised area that slopes to sidewalks, the surface was enlarged, and the grassy “hill” for visitors, passengers and neighbors to step and rest on was created as a live memorial.
“Hill” structure (grid shell) increases clear heights for below grade AIDS museum. The space is flexible for people flow and exhibition use. The “rift” goes from the shorter edge cuts the “hill” into two sides. In this feature, the façade of lower part built by mirrored stainless steel panels is to create a circular illusion of round-up people that symbolize the union of human race, and the upper part built by semi-transparent glass reflects the sky symbolize the effort and the courage people fight with the disease while provides natural light to the museum below in the meantime. The concentric pattern composed by dark-red granite bricks is to emphasize radial illusion and necessary atmosphere. Further more, the illusion of hand-in-hand people gets closer to each other when they move toward the lowest center. Through the illusion, we want to create gravity to draw people together, to break loneliness, to hold supports, to commemorate those who faded away, and to encourage those who fight against AIDS. We believe it is the responsibility for everyone on earth.
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