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Glass-Covered Memorial Sites

This Former SS Commander's Home Has Been Preserved Using a Glass Case

— October 7, 2015 — Art & Design
Dutch studio Oving Architecten created the glass case that now covers the former home of an SS commander at a Nazi concentration camp in Westerbork. The site has been designated a memorial site for the second world war. The home will be preserved and protected beneath the glass case.

The site resembles a still snow globe that is forever protected. The ultimate goal for the heavy duty preservation is to act as a protector of the home as well as an educational tool during events. The container is made of glass and steel, which can be entered by guests from a back entrance.

The house beneath the glass was built in the 1930s and was used for numerous activities during the war. In the hopes to maintain the monumental significance of this home, the glass casing will remain as guardian to the house.
Trend Themes
1. Preservation of Historical Sites - The use of glass cases to preserve historical sites presents opportunities for innovative preservation methods.
2. Memorialization Through Architecture - Creating memorial sites using architectural design elements like glass cases allows for unique and impactful ways to remember historical events.
3. Education Through Preservation - The integration of glass cases in memorial sites offers educational opportunities to learn about historical events in a tangible and immersive way.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore innovative designs using glass casings to create visually stunning and impactful memorial sites.
2. Tourism and Travel - The preservation of historical sites using glass cases can attract tourists interested in experiencing and learning about significant historical events.
3. Education and Cultural Institutions - Glass-covered memorial sites provide educational institutions with a unique and interactive way to teach students about history and its impact on society.
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