Museum of Great Famine, Ukraine, designs revealed

Nizio Design international has revealed designs for the Museum of Great Famine in Kiev, Ukraine – that will be underground and topped by two green roofs.

The 14,000 square metre museum will be dedicated to the victims of the Great Famine in the former Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933.

It will be the largest museum project in the country, and will be designed by Nizio Design International in collaboration with Project Systems.

Nizio Design International said: “The starting point for the design of the Museum of the Great Famine is the concept of blending it into the tectonics and landscape of the Dnieper valley slope, near Pechersk Lavra, a place of unique importance in the history of Ukraine.”

“The architectural form of the building is an image of the idea of bringing to light the deliberately hidden truth about the Holodomor.”

Around 3,500 square metres of the Museum of the Great Famine will be dedicated to a permanent exhibition designed like a series of theatre sets.

Museum zones

The first part of the museum will introduce visitors to the reasons behind the famine, with angular walls extending into the space.

The second part will tell the story of the “rebirth” of Ukraine and its struggle for independence. That are will have more lighting and a brighter colour palette, as well as green sprouting plants.

There will also be a “Zone of Silence” incorporated into the design of the Museum of the Great Famine, offering a place of quiet reflection with plants.

The completion date for the project has not yet been announced.

Last year, Amos Rex, a €50m underground art museum underneath a former bus station parking lot, opened in Helsinki.

The privately funded Amos Rex features 2,200 sq m flexible exhibition space in an excavated space in the centre of town.

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