On 24 November 2018, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, after the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the 1932–1933 Holodomor at the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ took a look at the Museum phase II construction project.
The Museum building mockup and projects for the arrangement of the memorial’s internal space and territory were presented to the Presidentof Ukraine by deputy chairman of the Steering Committee for the pre-construction of phase II Ivan Vasiunyk and creative team leaders Andrii Myrhorodskyi (Project Systems, Kyiv, Ukraine) and Mirosław Nizio (Nizio Design International, Warsaw, Poland).
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, Slovakian President Andrej Kiska, Ukrainian President’s wife Maryna Poroshenko, Ukrainian Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk and other government officials.
A starting point for the memorial building design is the idea of its fusion with the tectonics and landscape of the Dnipro valley slopes in the area near Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The Museum building lies on an axis heading from observation deck to the Candle of Memory, the symbol of commemoration of victims of the 1932–1933 Holodomor, genocide of the Ukrainian nation.
The architectural form of the building embodies the idea of bringing to light the truth about the Holodomor, deliberately silenced down for decades. Not only the tectonic layers remind of the concealed history, but also the architectural solution, which consists in sinking a part of the building into the ground. Alike symbolic are distinctive slits in the building’s roof and displacement of its half: they show how people’s actions are leading to exposure and declassification of the crime. There is a monumental entrance to the building from the side of the Candle of Memory — a gate leading into the depth of the earth and to the hidden truth, which is to be shown by the main exhibit.
Apart from the permanent exhibit, the future museum will have a separate exhibition space for temporary thematic exhibitions, conference and cinema halls for 300 seats, premises for educational projects, the most complete library of publications on the topic, an archive centre and also it is to house the Holodomor Research Institute, etc. Situated in the historic part of the city, the Museum is expected to receive hundreds of thousands of visitors in carrying out educational, outreach and scientific work and to become an active point of the city community’s life and a hospitable household for guests, including those from abroad.
The work on the Museum will take several years. Anyone can see the Museum mockup and plans of the main architectural solutions in the Hall of Memory of the National Museum ‘ Holodomor Victims’ Memorial”.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, having seen the work in progress, spoke to the team of contributors and put emphasis on further support to the Project, implemented in response to the public demand as a common cause of the State and the caring community.