This haunting Museum in Palmiry, Poland was erected to memorialize Polish intelligentsia massacred on this site during the second world war. Characterized by a definitive minimalism, the design by WXCA Architects honors the Kampinos National Park, where the museum is discreetly placed by preserving its pine birch forest. Counteracting its use of concrete, glass, and steel (which are arguably not the most sustainable choices), the structure was built to tip toe around the site's most precious trees and features a lovely green roof.
The rusted steel facade is pierced with 2,252 holes that represent each of the people who lost their lives, while a glass wall overlooks the cemetery and three crosses. Even if these materials are not considered the most eco-nurturing, at 1,133 square meters, this space manages to retain a modest presence that respects its surroundings. This is best reflected in the low-lighting, which reduces energy, minimal use of materials, and the thoughtful preservation of key tree species. Not visible in these images is a flat green roof that aids in insulating this beautiful, reflective space.
images via Rafał Kłos