This work, completed for a short-lived group of individuals with the goal of establishing a museum for remembering the Armenian genocide in Washington DC, will unfortunately not be seen to completion for the one hundredth anniversary of this event in 2015. The thought behind the design of the museum was subsequently collected by the architect Edgar Papazian in a volume called “Scaleless” that was acquired by the Robert B. Haas Family Special Collections Library for its Art of the Book Collection at Yale University, and the Avery Architectural library at Columbia University, among others. It is also available from lulu.com.
The surface of the memorial void, or “husk,” was meant to be clad with 1-and-a-half million Armenian tufa stone cross-slabs, or khachkars, one for each murdered individual.
The museum was to be a hybrid of an existing bank building, purchased by the museum trustees, and a new wing. The context was profoundly urban, but merely two blocks from the centre of American world power, the White House.