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Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial / Hung-Yin Yen, DESA, and Ching-Yi Chen

Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen
Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen

The existing 40’ x 60’ footprint of the pavilion on the Atlantic City Boardwalk has been re-envisioned by Hung-Yin Yen, DESA, and Ching-Yi Chen in an attempt to maximize the usage of the space as a Holocaust Memorial and activate it as a gathering point on the boardwalk. More information and images after the break.

At a height of 20’ the pavilion creates a connection between the boardwalk level and access to the beach through the main memorial space and access over the roof.

Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen
Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen

The architects have chosen to allow the pavilion to engage more fully with the visitors beyond its being a memorial space.  The roof, which is formally a series of slides, provides enjoyment for children and families and engages the seaside family-oriented environment.  It hopes to engage the innocence associated with its moments as part of the Holocaust memorial in order to bridge the gap of mourning and happiness.

Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen
Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen

The roof structure utilizes high performance concrete with galvanized steel reinforcement to ensure its durability in the severe seaside environment. A LED lighting system is embedded on the concrete surface to provide artificial lighting.

Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen
Courtesy of Hung-Yin Yen, DESA Architect, and Ching-Yi Chen
Cite:Irina Vinnitskaya. "Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial / Hung-Yin Yen, DESA, and Ching-Yi Chen" 30 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/92489/atlantic-city-boardwalk-holocaust-memorial-hung-yin-yen-desa-architect-and-ching-yi-chen/>