Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Remember and Commemorate
With a new concept, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial is setting a political example for diversity and – on the 75th anniversary of the liberation – is taking an important step towards inclusion. People with disabilities, who until 1945 were also among those who experienced immeasurable suffering at this site, can now explore the grounds independently and autonomously with the help of specially designed media.
The centerpiece of our work in Dachau is a new tactile model, made of metal, that provides an overview of the memorial site today and the extent of the concentration camp grounds in 1945. The advantage of this model, which is equally accessible to all people, is not only a lockable folding mechanism, which protects the structure even in outdoor spaces, but also a colored representation of the buildings, which makes it easy for visually challenged people to recognize. Accompanying information is provided by a tactile medium that can be carried along on the tour.
With audio descriptions, Braille, tactile profile writing and texts in contrasts for the visually challenged in German and English, it makes the intangible comprehensible during a visit to the memorial. The project, the only one of its kind in Germany, was preceded by an elaborate struggle to find the best solution. Many participants in the jury, including representatives of the Comité International de Dachau, gave weight to the decision in favor of the inkl.Design Concept.
Our work for the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial was not only rewarded by the many positive feedbacks we received, but also by an international award. The project won the Silver Award 2021 of the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD). The expert jury sees our work as “An outstanding designed and successful example of a multi-sensory experience that applies the principles of Universal Design.”.