rafaa architect and design: unity and freedom memorial rafaa architect and design: unity and freedom memorial
feb 03, 2010

rafaa architect and design: unity and freedom memorial

‘unity and freedom memorial ‘

the ‘unity and freedom memorial’ project by rafaa architecture & design is a key reminder of the historic uprising against the totalitarian regime of the socialist unity party of germany (SED) in 1989. in the many cities of the GDR, people were demonstrating for freedom and unity. the moral courage of individuals was the initial point of a movement that started with peaceful rallies and ended the division of germany. the chant ‘we are the people!’ became a crucial event important for the whole of europe.

rafaa architects & design was interested in discovering the complex factors and hidden processes that led to the capitulation of the state before its people. the citizens of germany were asked to propose a chair that ‘witnessed’ an important moment in germany‚Äôs history. all kinds of different chairs from different eras and places represent the collective memory; at the same time, the people become the co-author of the artwork.


the memorial can be touched, used or climbed on, but it cannot be knocked over! the chairs are interconnected subterraneously by invisible ropes. as soon as someone tries to knock over a chair, it is held up by the others; if one gets knocked over, another one is uplifted. it is a system that receives its strength and stability from below, from the collective, from the community.



aerial view of ‘unity and freedom memorial ‘

  • This is really fun! would love to climb there.

    maria_2 says:
  • just remind me of Dead poets society movie, the ending scene.
    stand on…

    Puay Chaiviriya says:
  • I like the idea, because the monument is created by the people and not the architects or artist. Like a revolution it also starts from below … viva la revolution!

    mike says:

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