Project Tittle : Garden of Fallen Flowers (2015)
Site : IJmeer Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Type : Open Ideas Competition, MH17 Memorial + Park
Organizer : Matter Better (UK)
Design Team : Yasmin Rahman & Qhawarizmi Norhisham
Affiliation : [SA]2
298 perished. Each totem celebrates individuality, unmasking the blanket of the tragedy and to mourn the mishap individually. The array of totems surrounds a circular translucent pavilion floating above the water surface that houses the programs dedicated to peace education in regard to the tragedy. Visitors travel to the pavilion via rowing boats, a spiritual ritual through the forest of totems. The visitors bring with them flowers to be hung on totem poles. When visitors pass by these totems, kinetic energy is generated from the waves and increases the intensity of the light. The inner metal tubes of the totems vibrates as it sways due to the waves creating a melancholic melody. The higher the number of visitors, the more friction happening, the more melodies we hear. Each visit gives a uniquely different experience to the users. The fallen flowers cover the surface of the Cold Harbor water creating a new landscape above it, transcending the possibility of what park typology could be. A landscape that appears and disappears, a landscape that dilutes the edge of reality and illusion. Representing the fragility of life. A garden. A garden of fallen flowers.
Strong, beautiful, and expressive presentation. Circumstantial sorrow where Amsterdam disappears and the installation emerges in silence generating a new atmosphere, a solo symphony. The architecture does not float above the water but it is, instead, “grounded in the water” and in contrast with the totems which float and indistinctly lead the visitor to the central pavilion. The masterplan is a 7‐sided composition: it would have been useful to understand a bit more about this choice and the connections made within it. Finally, the visitor is up for surprising and ever‐changing layouts of variable light’s intensities and flowery water. This performance is rather fascinating and it is a metaphor to human feelings and how they can vary and interchange through time, proximity, distance and the possibility of expressing one own state of mind publicly.
Top 50 MH17 Memorial + Park Competition [International]
Organized by MatterBetter.
25 January 2015
Published 2nd February 2015
Official Matter Better website
Architecture Malaysia – AM Magazine
Volume 27 Issue 2; page 68
In memory & in our prayer, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 AMS>KUL 17 July 2014.