DESIGN FOR A NEW VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER AT THE MILITARY FIELDS OF HONOR IN BERGEN OP ZOOM
We regard the freedom in which we are able to live today as a great asset, but we fully realize that this freedom is not self‐evident. This freedom has been fiercely fought in the past, and many victims have fallen in that struggle.
It is very important that both current and future generations (continue to) realize this. We hope these generations will cherish that freedom and will continue to commit themselves to propagate it, both in the present and in the future. With our design for a new Visitor Information Center (BIC), we intend to contribute to the correct appreciation for this achievement.
space for education and reflection
What happened? Why were there so many victims? Who were these people who fell for our freedom? The design offers flexible space to provide answers to these questions without compromising the serenity of the place. Whether on veterans, relatives or other visitors, the visit will leave an unforgettable impression on everyone. The elements of the design together form an ensemble; a coherent whole from the entrance on the Ruytershoveweg, through the “beech cathedral” and the “keyhole” to the Visitor Information Center (BIC).
Between the large open spaces of the cemeteries, old rows of stately beech trees form the interior of a natural cathedral. In our proposal, we give this “cathedral” a more concrete and more readable form by using architectural elements. One of the elements we add is an entrance portal on the Ruytershoveweg. This theatrical gate of Corten steel gives the BIC a clearly visible address on the road between the fields of honor.
In the “nave” of the cathedral we add (without affecting the beeches) Corten steel louvres. This creates a clear central corridor, leading the visitor from the Ruytershoveweg to the BIC.