Having been restricted emotionally and physically from the Berlin Wall, "relief." creates a non-instrusive experiential guidance path.
The site is located in an already emotionally powerful area, next to the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe and the Brandenburg Gate. For sensitivity to the context, the wooden panels were openly spaced apart to preserve the area.
Program Division Diagram
Longitudinal section emphasizing the various heights and atmosphere.
Cross Section through Ebertstraẞe. The Brandenburg Gate is seen in its context.
Axonometric section detailing the hardscaped path dictating movement on the floor.
The Stewardson competition is an independently driven, 10-day long competition free from other students' or professors' input. The prompt this year was to design a purposeful "transformative space" in the spot where the wall once stood, keeping in mind the powerful history and context of the space.
The choices throughout our lives have a profound impact on the world around us. It is this free will that inspires us to make the strongest decisions for a better future. When circumstances arise beyond our control that attempt to separate us, we truly understand and appreciate the power that reunites us to the world again. This euphoric feeling is what the transformative space celebrates: relief.
relief. is an engaging public space that guides the user through a series of reclaimed and engineered wooden panels whose contours are continually tapering, inspired by the appropriately titled bas-relief technique. The placement of these panels and the shadows it cast suggest a path that the user can follow. However, the large spacing of the panels between each other also highlights views that honor many of the historic sites in the surrounding context of Berlin, including the Tiergarten, Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Goethe-Denkmal. In addition to the panels, a modular hardscaping on the ground creates a subdivided path through stone and vegetation.
The installation discusses the nature of connectivity between people and our environment. Its transparency in longitudinal elevation minimizes obstruction to others, yet the path provides a profound statement when walking through and looking forward.
The choice to follow a predetermined path or break free is reflective of our shared history. The reminder that we as humans ultimately have control, regardless of political or social events, is a relief.