On April 19, the new museum of National Monument Kamp Amersfoort was inaugurated. During the Second World War, around 47,000 prisoners were held at this transit and prison camp. Tinker imagineers was commissioned by National Monument Kamp Amersfoort to develop the concept and the permanent exhibition. It tells the stories of the prisoners, a helper, and the perpetrators. Who were they? Their stories come to us from the past but are still relevant today. The redesigned outside area, architecture, and exhibitions at the new museum illustrate what went on inside. The history of the place becomes palpable: the oppression, the injustice, and the fear.
▼博物馆入口，the entrance © Mike Bink
阿默斯福特集中营国家纪念馆与多家事务所紧密合作，拓展维度，赋予历史场地新的意义。其中Inbo负责建筑设计，Juurlink + Geluk负责景观设计，Tinker imagineers则进行了展览的策划与概念设计。进入博物馆后，参观者拾级而下，便进入了营地下方巨大、肃穆、没有过多装饰的空间。保留下来的建筑与材料唤醒了旧日氛围，明与暗的交替更加强了时空变幻的错觉。
Inbo (architecture), Juurlink+Geluk (landscape), Tinker imagineers (concept and exhibition design) and National Monument Kamp Amersfoort collaborated closely on the renovation. In their unique way, they added a new dimension to the significance of this place. Upon entering the museum, visitors walk down the stairs and enter the immense space, soberly and modestly furnished and located underneath the former camp. The architecture and the use of materials and original elements recall the atmosphere of the past. This is reinforced by the transition from light into dark and back into the light again.
▼从楼梯进入展览空间，walking down the stairs and entering the space © Mike Bink
从数字到名字 | From numbers to names
The impressive video footage in black and white reveals what life in the camp was like. A large map on the wall shows the transports of prisoners coming in and going out. They were seen and treated as mere numbers. In the exhibition, their names and faces are returned to them. Photographic images on gigantic columns introduce the visitors to the individuals who played important roles in and around the camp. Their belongings are displayed in the drawers below the portraits, and their stories can be heard on audio devices. The portraits light up when the drawers are opened, and the contrast with the black and white portrait wall at the back of the room is striking.
▼展览空间，the exhibition hall © Mike Bink
▼柱子上展出的照片，photographic images on gigantic columns © Mike Bink
▼黑白的巨幅展示墙，the black and white portrait wall at the back of the room © Mike Bink
▼倾听与阅读每个人的故事，listen and read the stories © Mike Bink
彼时与此时 | Then and now
The exhibition also links to the injustice carried out in our times. On the back of the columns, important camp themes are listed, such as hunger, abuse, and discrimination – all still quite common today. In addition, a social experiment confronts visitors with uncomfortable dilemmas. There, they experience the effects of peer pressure, authority, and trust. Willemien Meershoek, Director of National Monument Kamp Amersfoort: “This programme, called Right or Wrong, uses Virtual Reality to address current issues that take on special meaning in the context of the museum.”
▼柱子后陈列的罪行，important camp themes listed on the back of the columns © Mike Bink
▼互动装置，interactive installation © Mike Bink
▼展板细部，details © Mike Bink
▼通过虚拟现实技术进行社会实验，using Virtual Reality to participate in social experiment © Mike Bink
沉思的空间 | Room for contemplation
At the end of the underground visit, there is room for reflection: reflection on the past and the visitor’s own role in contemporary dilemmas. The footprints on the floor – a recurring theme, both inside and out – refer to the roll call and are at right angles to a mirror wall that can be written on. The visitor’s own mirror image and subtle light projections and smoke effects reinforce this sense of contemplation. What did I just experience? Which traces do I leave behind?
▼沉思的空间，room for contemplation © Mike Bink
▼墙体反映出参观者自身的影像，the visitor’s own mirror image © Mike Bink
Once outside, a steel model of the camp illustrates its scale. The museum exit offers a view of the shooting range with the Stone Man memorial at the end. The museum will open its doors to the public as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
▼从楼梯到达室外，the stairs leading to the outside © Mike Bink
▼钢制模型，the steel model of the camp © Mike Bink
▼石人纪念雕像，the Stone Man memorial © Mike Bink
Client: National Monument Kamp Amersfoort
Concept & exhibition design: Tinker imagineers
Construction & hardware: Flink
VR Experience: Tinker imagineers, YIPP, Shosho, BureauMaike
Soundscape reflection room: Studio Rockfish