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Kikotemal' Rik K'aslem Memorial


In the year 2006, in Guatemala City, 80 million documents were found in an ABANDONED BUILDING. This documents belong to the Police Department, and contain important and confidential information of the 36 years of armed conflict in Guatemala. This files were declared Historical Archives and are being digitalized to ensure that the truth of this period of violence is known.
Kikotemal' Rik K'aslem Memorial ("live in harmony" Memorial") tempts to be a response to the heritage of our Civil Conflict. The violence and the silence are the starting point to go back to our memories and say to all the citizens that this will happen "never again". It is among the culture and education of the new generations were the culture of peace must be established.
"The monumentality shouts for those who has been silent..."
The architecture is intended to attract the most visitors possible acting as a main communicator of this truth. The size of the building represents the size of the conflict and how this has been silent. The strategy for the development of this project is to encourage conciliation and peace among the different parties that need to be involved economically, culturally, and socially.
The content of the building is for the past, present, and future of the country. A museum is established for showing everyone what happened, a cultural and community center is included to the present development; and, finally, a education area is also included for future generations of police and citizens to value human rights and peace.


Avenida La Pedrera 10-00 Zona 6.
Guatemala City 01006

Competition Details

  • Name: Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]Restricted Access
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: May 01 2012
  • Submission Deadline: June 01 2012
  • Entry Fee: $50 USD Professionals , $25 USD Students , $0 USD Dues paying Architecture for Humanity Chapter members , $0 USD Developing Nations
  • Award: More than $5,000 in prizes
  • Status: Concluded

The competition entry ID for this project is 12684.

Project Details

NAME: Kikotemal' Rik K'aslem Memorial
LOCATION: Avenida La Pedrera 10-00 Zona 6. , Guatemala City 01006, Guatemala
START DATE: March 01, 2012
SIZE: 30000 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Public Space/Gathering Space
BENEFICIARIES: The project tends to be an impact to the whole population of Guatemala because it is a matter of the people's memories. Letting everyone know the truth with the attemps that it happens NEVER AGAIN. Today's society is at the edge of suffering a similar process of violence, and it is vital to form our youngs on peace education and cooperational work to prevent this. This space will especialize in this education and culture for this matters.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: The environmental impact is reduced by including rain-water use, passive systems for climate control, and energy collected by solar-panels in the south-facing roofs. The construction is design with vernacular materials with the intention to reduce the environmental impact and costs. The materials also contemplate the car junk recycle that were found in the actual site, as part of the police trash sent to this place.

About Our Partners

Sponsorship Needed We're continuing our recruitment of individuals and organizations who are ready to accept the mission of sponsoring the complex yet rewarding task of successfully transforming previously conflicted sites into civic spaces. If you are ready to enlist your financial resources in service of this greater good, please call us at 415.963.3511 or contact us.