A efeméride do dia é o lançamento da primeira bomba atómica (“Litle Boy”) lançada do Enola Gay sobre a cidade japonesa de Hiroshima (1945). Três dias depois, uma segunda bomba destruía Nagazaki, pondo fim à Segunda Guerra Mundial.
As estimativas, do primeiro massacre por armas de destruição maciça, sobre uma população civil, apontaram para um número total de mortos a variar entre 140 mil em Hiroshima e 80 mil em Nagasaki, sendo algumas estimativas consideravelmente mais elevadas quando são contabilizadas as mortes posteriores devido à exposição à radiação. A maioria dos mortos eram civis.
Sentar-se nas cadeiras desse espaço é, naturalmente, repensar a história, as ações humanas e o potencial auto-destruidor que temos.
“The meditation space was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, to UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the institution. The intention was to create a space where people from around the world, of all races and religions can pray for peace. For the project were requested donation of 10,000 yen (about € 70.50 at the time) per person to individuals in Japan. It raised a total of 140,000,000 yen. In one corner of the room containing the names of all donors as thanks. Part of the funds reserved for the repair and maintenance of Noguchi of the Japanese garden where the meditation space Ando.
Meaning : The book is basically a cylindrical space, a small and simple, in a courtyard. The concrete cylinder is six meters in diameter and height. Light enters this space for just a slit between the wall and the roof floating circular. The arrival to the cylinder is made through a gateway into the pond above the water, giving a sense of suspension. On the ground and in the bottom of the pond are stones that have suffered the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.This is an abstract space that suggests loneliness and spiritual freedom. Nature has a key role in this work. Ando used architecture as a mediator between the natural environment and man, and find the direct meeting between them. Light, water and air are essential to the idea of Ando, evoking the natural world.
Materials : It was built in concrete, Ando classic material in his creations, free and wall decorations, which reflects the idea of pure and simple”
Mediation Space, Architecture vs Aesthetics