Ghetto Fighters House

Work on the concept of the renovation of the first Holocaust Museum in the world, founded by holocaust survivors, members of the jewish underground of the Warsaw ghetto. The “House” was built in 1949 by the architect Samuel Bikeles near Akko, in the kibbutz of the same name.
The questions of the responsibility of rethinking such a place now, when the generation of the survivors is disappearing was at the center of the concerns. How to preserve the history as a continuum between past and present, and to emphasize the vital connection between personal story and that of the collective.
The first design concept is dealing with the life in Warsaw before the war, trying to bring the visitors into a scenery of the city at that time, using sound scape and movies of the city life.
A major aspect of the design is to combine the collective history and the personal story, allowing the visitor to experiment the exhibition in several layers, as groups and as individuals, to bring up the question of each one’s responsibility, back then and today.

  • Role Architect
  • For Ghetto Fighters House
  • Date 2012-2015

Bikeles' drawing of the House

Natural light

Natural Light / Schematic sections

Circulation scheme

Circulation scheme

Circulation / existing and proposal

Section

proposal first exhibition

proposal first exhibition

Section on model

Section on model

Personal stories

Warsaw as a back ground

To the next part

From the upper gallery

From the upper gallery