Polish architect and sculptor Mirosław Nizio has revealed the first photos of the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages, which will commemorate the victims of massacres in rural Poland during the Second World War.
Mirosław Nizio and his studio, Nizio Design International, won a competition to design the mausoleum in 2009.
The building follows the form of a traditional hut, but this form is disrupted with divisions within its structure.
“The building has a characteristic segmented structure. Its tissue is cut across by cracks that divide the architectural form into closed and open parts. [...] The building undergoes deformation and ‘destruction’, which symbolically conveys the annihilation that took place here,” read a statement by Nizio Design International.
The mausoleum, which will cover an area of 16,200 square metres, will house around 2,000 square metres of multimedia exhibition space. It is located in Michniów, southern Poland, the site of a Nazi attack in which 200 people lost their lives in 1943.
The Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is set to open in 2016.