Tourism to sites associated with tragic events, so-called dark tourism is a growing trend. 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Exclusion Zone is about to be opened up for official tourism which call for tools for facilitating this complicated tourist exploration. If the experience is framed in the right way, The Zone can become the epicentre of not only global trauma, but also healing and making sense of the vast and abstract danger that is nuclear failure.
The project started as a live-changing journey through The Zone and developed into an investigation of architectures capacity to unfold memories or abstract concepts like ionising radiation in order to strengthen the tourist experience.
The project is a hotel in the epicentre of the accident. Its purpose is to establish a link between the physical exploration of the landscape and the mental explorations of trauma. The hotel is a spiritual journey towards healing. A space for reflection on a land like no other, where sublime beauty and horror exists simultaneously. The architecture embraces this duality as acts and counteracts, inviting the guest to explore both sides of the spectrum in order to reach a bodily understanding of the accident.