The National Museum of Memory was conceived by the government of Colombia to commemorate the country's recent history of violence, to document the history of the conflict and to provide a place of dignity, memory and mourning for all citizens.
The context of the museum is a chaotic, busy, loud enviroment - near downtown, located between three major avenues: Calle 26, Carrera 40 and the Avenida de las Américas and adjacent to the City Council Square in Bogotá. The total area for the project is 16,000 SM (172,000 SF). The program includes an Atrium, an auditorium with seating for 500 spectators, six exhibition rooms, two parking basements, and spaces for mourning and reflection. Amidst a crowded and busy context - incompatible with the project's purpose - the building seeks to isolate itself from its surroundings, and inside the Museum, the only connection to the exterior are the views of the sky.