Memorial Esterwegen, Esterwegen

Visualizing inhumanity

Concept

On the site of the concentration camp Esterwegen, built in 1933, a memorial was set up in memory of all fifteen camps in the Ems region and their victims.

None of the above-ground construction elements were still standing. For this reason, “tree parcels”, with the dimensions of the former barracks were cut out of the red oaks planted in the fifties. A contrast to this almost park-like scenario is formed by the gravel covering of the entire area that once housed the prisoners, the bulky silhouettes like paper cuttings, high walls made of Corten steel, an interpretation of the watchtowers, the course of the wall and the gates.

A place for “active” recollection has developed, which encourages the visitors to allow the history and the topography of violence, threat and destruction to evolve in their imagination, while also relating this to the present.

Client

Foundation Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Project period

2007 - 2011

Size

84.300 m²

Type

Exhibitions & leisure

Location

Germany

Competition

1. Prize „Gedenkstätte Esterwegen“, 2007 with Hans-Hermann Krafft, Berlin

Realisation

WES & Partner

Partners

Hans-Hermann Krafft, Berlin
Hans Dieter Schaal, Attenweiler (design + implementation documentation centre)

Photos

Simone Schnase (1,5)
Stefan Schöning (8-10,13)

Project pictures

WES-Gedenkstaette-Esterwegen-03-Trichtertor-Foto-WES
WES-Gedenkstaette-Esterwegen-13-Foto-WES
WES-Gedenkstaette-Esterwegen-14-Schraegluftbild-Foto-Stefan-Schoening

Publications

 

 

 

Internet

KZ-Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

http://www.garten-landschaft.de

Author: Peter Zösch

Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Project presentation

Book

Gedenkorte
Nr. 10 - Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Stadtwandel Verlag, 2013

Author: Bernd Hettlage

Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Project presentation

Yearbook

Jahrbuch Landschafts-
architektur 2013

Callwey Verlag, 2013

Author: WES

Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Office- and project presentation

Trade journal
„Garten + Landschaft“

Gefangen im Moor: die Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Callwey-Verlag, 2/2012

Author: Thomas Armonat

Gedenkstätte Esterwegen

Project presentation