A Glowing Underground Village Pays Tribute To Buried Communities
October 22, 2012
Two architecture students from ETH Zurich, Bo Li and Ge Men, have just won first prize at the 2012 International Velux with their incredible fallen-village memorial. (Hey, maybe they can win an A+ Award, too!) Inspired by the real-life communities that have perished in landslides in the Swiss valleys, the pair have proposed an innovative way to commemorate these forgotten towns. Read more!
Using columns of transparent thermoplastic, Li and Men would map out a village grid above the ground by generating glowing house-shaped forms below the surface. The experience creates an abstract rendering of the village, for visitors to understand its general layout and presence rather than focusing on details. People can walk through buried rooms full of light that represent what once stood in that valley.
Photos: courtesy of VELUX