Architecture Project Of The Week: Area 10: The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Area 10: The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

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Area 10 The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial Schematics

Before discussing the design, it’s important to understand the history of the proposed site. During World War II, the work of the Manhattan Project culminated in the development of a completely functional atomic bomb, which was being tested in sites along the arid plains of the Nevada. Yucca Flat was subject to over 900 bomb tests with one site, the Sedan Crater, being result of a large nuclear bomb dropped on March 21, 1994.

Currently, all that can be found at the Sedan Crater is remnants of the worlds largest human-made crater, measuring 390 metres (1,280 feet) in length and 98 metres deep (320 feet), as well as an observation platform. The proposal put forward by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) student Sophie Ribeiro offers the full scale Area 10: The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial + Interpretation and Research Center. According to the design schematics, the memorial would be placed on the edge of the Sedan Crater and provide multiple viewing platforms of the area. The many stories of this building will contain learning spaces that use exhibitions, viewing platforms, and Atomic Gardening, which is the study of plants that can grow from the radioactivity of the land.

“The memorial is a reminder of why we should never forget”

According to Sophie, the Area 10 concept will “inform people of nuclear war and the consequences of it on humanity and nature”. She wants visitors to leave with a “a deeper understanding of history, awareness of the importance of peace, and a sense of growth from this dark past”. Since her design was published earlier this month, the project has gained a considerable amount of attention being featured on an article from Dezeen as well as nominated for the Architecture Chair’s Senior Design Achievement Award at SCAD.

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