Between two Stools

BACKGROUND

A new permanent exhibition at NS-Zwangsarbeit in Berlin Schöneweide needed a concept and graphic design. The former forced labour camp in Schöneweide is the largest historical memorial in Europe documenting the destiny of forced labourers. The new exhibition “Between two Stools” deals with the fate of about 650,000 Italian prisoners of war.

The 240m2 exhibition opens in November 2016.

Stiftung Topographie des Terrors

RESULT

An exhibition with an independent design that shows diversity. The interior, graphics and installations are fragmentarily designed, reflecting the personal stories of the Italian internees who once lived and worked in the camp.

Output

Conception
Exhibition Scenography
Exhibition Graphics
Illustration

Exhibition Concept

During summer 2015 we collaborated with the architects büroberlin on a competion for a new museum project in Stuttgart – a memorial covering the history of Gestapo in the German state Baden-Württemberg. Our concept got ranked as Nr. 2 from the in total 9 participants. Wandel Lorch Architekten from Saarbrücken / Frankfurt am Main was the lucky winners which will realize the project. On a third place hg merz architekten landed. Other participants was Atalier Brückner, Büro Münzig, Hans-Dieter Schaal, Raumzeit Münster, Holzer Kobler Architekten and Kocmoc.net.

The task was to develop a exhibition concept for the former “Hotel Silber” – a building with a lot of history. Once a Hotel, head quarter for the german automobil club ADAC, police residence, location for crimes executed by the nazi led Gestapo institution and more.

Our concept included ideas that intended to be interesting for even younger visitors and school groups offering a lot of interactive tools (developed by schnellebuntebilder). We wanted to take one step back from the common “concrete look” memorials often has.

More about the competition here: competitiononline