THE HOUSE OF ANTI-WAR
It would be easy to dismiss the thought of war, at a time when we learn, ecstatically, that Kim Kardashian lost a few more pounds, when we learn that a new drone-toy was invented, quite accessible to the “public,” that the richest man on earth just got much richer and so on… indeed, what war…?!
And the fact that some minor “incidents” happen, from time to time, some mere killings here and there, or that Russia just added to its arsenal of weapons a supersonic something, means nothing, really… after all, Neymar just scored another beautiful goal and the revealing dress of a TV hostess makes the audience wild…
Yet… somewhere, in the dark, the blind forces of Fate lurk.
And we cannot control them.
The Second World War happened just seventy something years ago… Yes, some of the people we might know were alive when Jews, and not only Jews, were “annihilated” in gas chambers, when human bodies just like ours were thrown to the garbage just like garbage, when unheard of atrocities took place as if human beings didn’t learn anything from thousands of years of man-made unspeakable tragedies.
Did we change…?
We doubt it.
We are just a button, or a few buttons away, from transforming the whole earth into cosmic dust.
Yes, Homo Sapiens does have this power, dear reader!
Is it what we want…?
If not, why do we continue to flirt with disaster, a disaster even the saddest images from Hiroshima cannot dispel…?!
Perhaps we should look daily to pictures from Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Maybe it should be an obligation, for all the people on this planet to display, in their living rooms, revealing images of Auschwitz and Hiroshima.
SO WE DON’T FORGET. NEVER!
Are these words and thoughts morbid…?
But if they are, are they more so than what actually happened at Auschwitz and Hiroshima…?
We doubt it.
But it is easier to dismiss the uncomfortable, as if it never existed and never will, again… until it happens, again.
The government of Austria is puzzled about what to do with the building at Salzurger Vorstadt, 15, that is, the building where, on Easter Sunday (of all days), in 1889, Hitler was born.
We strongly feel this building, transformed, should be the most powerful ANTI-WAR architectural statement possible! Nothing less.
And we invite you now to do just this: to envision ways to redesign this building in such a way that anyone seeing it, or visiting it, might be outraged at the simple thought of starting another war.
Let’s fight war, through architecture, the way Goya did, in his "Disasters of War," or Dali, in his “Face of War!” Let’s make this building equally tormenting, so no new war would still be possible!
While we have all the reasons to be skeptical of our success, WE HAVE TO TRY. Just as Goya did, and Dali, and some others, although not too many architects, unfortunately.
Please make the building where Hitler was born the most intense, the most powerful ANTI-WAR statement possible! We accept nothing else.
Don’t make it a pleasant building. Make it a tormenting building, as tormenting as war itself.
We accept ANY work, ANY size, ANY format. The deadline to submit your work is November 1st, 2016. Please write to us at email@example.com in order to receive a registration number with which to anonymously identify your work and the CAD plan of the building site. To read more texts related to this competition, and other competitions, please visit our New Competitions section.