Last edited 25 Oct 2017

UK's National Holocaust Memorial

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In October 2017, the winning design was announced for a National Holocaust Memorial to be located in London's Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament. The memorial will serve as a landmark, honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and providing a place for commemorations and quiet reflection.

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Winners, British architect David Adjaye and Israeli architect Ron Arad, propose a ground-level memorial with a subterranean learning centre. Their design incorporates 23 bronze fins with spaces to represent the 22 countries where Jewish communities were affected by the Nazis. Visitors will enter through paths between the fins and will be able to move through a Hall of Testimonies to hear stories recounted by survivors.

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[Image © Adjaye Associates & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


The shortlist of 10 featured some of the most internationally-renowned architects and artists:


Allied Works with artist Robert Montgomery

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[Image © Allied Works Architecture & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

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[Image © Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Diamond Schmitt Architects with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners

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[Image © Diamond Schmitt Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rovner

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Heneghan Peng Architects with Bruce Mau Design

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[Image © heneghan peng architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


John McAslan + Partners with MASS Design Group

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[Image © John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

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[Image © Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects and David Morley Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

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[Image © Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

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[Image © Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]


After a period of public consultation, the proposed designs were judged by a high-profile independent jury, including:

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette (Jury Chair), Chair, United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Chair, ITV Board.
  • Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom.
  • Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
  • Ben Helfgott MBE, Holocaust Survivor, Honorary President, ’45 Aid Society and President, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
  • Sally Osman, Director of Royal Communications.
  • Loyd Grossman CBE, Chair of Royal Parks.
  • Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster who recently recorded the testimony of over 100 Holocaust survivors and camp liberators.

The competition organiser, Malcolm Reading advised the jury.

In response to the competition win, Adjaye said:

"We are deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to tell these stories to the nation through a National Memorial and Learning Centre. It is critical these highly important and emotive historical touchpoints are explored, so that future generations are able to experience, learn, reflect and act."

To follow the project, visit the competition website.

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