Last edited 28 Jan 2017

UK's National Holocaust Memorial

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In November 2016, the shortlist was announced for designs 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.

Following the announcement of the competition by Prime Minister May in September 2016, almost 100 entries were submitted from 26 countries.

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

Adjaye Associates with designer Ron Arad Associates


[Image © Adjaye Associates & Malcolm Reading Consultants]

Allied Works with artist Robert Montgomery


[Image © Allied Works Architecture & Malcolm Reading Consultants]

Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread


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

Diamond Schmitt Architects with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners


[Image © Diamond Schmitt Architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]

Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rovner

Holocaust5.jpg[Image © Foster + Partners and Michal Rovner & Malcolm Reading Consultants]

Heneghan Peng Architects with Bruce Mau Design


[Image © heneghan peng architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants]

John McAslan + Partners with MASS Design Group


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

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects


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

Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects


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

Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor


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

After a period of public consultation, the proposed designs will be 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 will advise the jury.

The memorial may include a below-ground 'Learning Centre' containing testimonies from British Holocaust Survivors and camp liberators. It will also contain unheard stories recently recorded as part of the government’s initiative to ensure survivors who have never spoken out before have the opportunity to record their memories for posterity.

The finalists' concept designs will be displayed in an exhibition in Central London and around the UK from January 2017, as well as being available online. Interviews will take place in the Spring and the winner will be announced during the summer.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m proud to support plans to create a National Memorial of the Holocaust in the heart of London. I look forward to joining the jury to choose a landmark to pay a fitting tribute to the six million Jewish lives lost in what was one of the darkest hours for humanity.”

Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Sir Peter Bazalgette said: “These teams are challenged with creating a vision for the Memorial which sensitively reflects the loss of life and humanity during the Holocaust. But it must also speak to everyone, with an unwavering commitment against all hatred and intolerance. The design will inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to commemorate and learn.”

To follow the project, visit the competition website.

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