The landscape design for the Memorial Centre strives to create an experience that helps the visitors immerse into the memories of the Babyn Yar massacre that happened in September 1941, when over 33.000 Jews were killed near Kyiv by the Nazi regime. The concept cherishes every victim of the tragedy and creates an almost tangible connection between today and every life that was lost during those days.
Much like scars of the past, the design preserves the existing paths slightly changing their topography and naming them after all the victims of the tragic event. They thus become the trails of the victims‘ lives, so walking along them symbolises a commemoration of their stories. As the paths are not interconnected, every dead-end and trench creates a feeling of anxiety but also provides a private space for reflection, thus taking the visitors even further into their journey to the past.