Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

Each bullet-sized hole piercing the skin of this museum by architects WXCA in Palmiry, Poland, represents a Polish civilian murdered there during the holocaust.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The punctured panels surrounding the exterior of the Palmiry Museum are made of rusted steel.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The museum showcases photographs, documents and memorabilia connected with victims of Nazi executions during World War II.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

A glass wall at the rear of the building overlooks a cemetery where each of the 2252 memorialised victims are buried.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

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Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

Photography is by Rafał Kłos.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The following text is from WXCA:


Museum – A Place of Memory Palmiry

The Palmiry Museum Place of Memory lies in a pine-birch forest surrounding the cemetery.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The building is a part of the Kampinos National Park, with glass and steel walls, and a green roof.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The exhibition space lies among trees – witnesses of past tragedies.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

During the Second World War, in Palmir woods, Nazis murdered over two thousand Polish civilians including intellectual elite.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The building, ascetic in form and materials, tells a story, and forms a background for the exhibition.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The exhibition part is surrounded by a wall with holes symbolizing bullets.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

The relation between the building and the surroundings is stressed by greenery inside the building and the patios.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

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The facility opens to the cemetery and three crosses.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

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The idea was to create an architecture of remembrance.

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

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Architects: WXCA
Location: Palmiry, Poland
Design: 2009-2010

Museum in Palmiry by WXCA

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Site area: 8738 sqm
Total area: 1133 sqm
Usable floor area: 998,30 sqm
Volume: 4400 m3