National Holocaust Memorial Competition

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlist, London Learning Centre Architecture Contest

National Holocaust Memorial Competition Shortlist

NHM: National Monument Design Contest at Palace of Westminster, London, England, UK

16 Feb 2017

UK Holocaust Memorial Site Controversy

UK Holocaust Memorial Site Questioned in Parliament

Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, questions the Victoria Tower gardens site for this memorial design contest, reports www.theyworkforyou.com:

“The holocaust is one of the most difficult experiences in our history to commemorate in stone. For its sheer enormity and depravity, it defies adequate description, and transferring this into the built environment is all the more difficult. Architects across the world have attempted to tackle this task — in Israel, Paris, Washington, Ottawa and, perhaps most memorably, in Berlin, with Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

It is impossible sufficiently to convey the horrors of this great crime, but we have a duty to not just commemorate but teach future generations about the holocaust. I will detail why Victoria Tower gardens are insufficient for this task, while pointing out that we have a very good solution available close by, at the Imperial War Museum.”

The Victoria Tower gardens site “is completely unsuited to the role”, it is already a “well-trafficked area that suffers from severe congestion. The traffic and access pressure will overwhelm Millbank, where there is no parking, at a location not capable of accommodating such a volume of people and vehicles, especially coaches. We want people to be able to visit a holocaust memorial museum uninhibited. We want crowds to experience this building, and so it is counter-intuitive to site it at a place that already suffers from congestion and does not have the capacity to deal with the number of people we hope will visit.

The abbey and Palace of Westminster are recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and there is some danger, based on UNESCO’s rules and recommendations, that such a large-scale project in Victoria Tower gardens might threaten that designation.”

source: UK Holocaust Memorial Site Controversy – link to the full article

6 Feb 2017

UK Holocaust Memorial Shortlist Opinion

UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlisted Entries

Rowan Moore in The Observer questions this competition with a ‘right time, wrong place?’ headline

He says a “muddled brief” hasn’t made it easy for the architects and designers who entered.

Ten shortlisted designs for the memorial were made public by some of the biggest names in art and architecture: they “employ many of the tropes of modern memorialising – digging into the ground, mute forms, fractured walls, light descending from above, the gathering of stones to represent lost lives – but there is too little sign in either their briefing or in their design of deep thought about the memorial’s purpose. They don’t examine what it is to make this piece of work here and now.”

Website: National Holocaust Memorial Competition Shortlist Opinion – link to the full article in The Guardian

27 Jan 2017

UK Holocaust Memorial Shortlisted Designs

Images of UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlisted Entries

The designs by the 10 shortlisted teams in the contest to design a £40 m national Holocaust memorial next to the Palace of Westminster have gone on public display.

The UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and accompanying Learning Centre will stand in the shadow of Parliament, at the very heart of our democracy, in Victoria Tower Gardens. This striking new structure will honour victims and survivors of Nazi persecution, educate future generations about the dangers of where prejudice and hatred can lead and serve as a powerful statement of our values as a nation.

National Holocaust Memorial Shortlisted Designs

The shortlisted design teams – architects & artists:

• Adjaye Associates with designer Ron Arad Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Adjaye Associates

• Allied Works with artist Robert Montgomery

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

National Holocaust Memorial shortlisted design by Allied Works

• Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread 3

National Holocaust Memorial design by Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread

• Diamond Schmitt Architects with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

National Holocaust Memorial design by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Martha Schwartz Partners

• Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

National Holocaust Memorial design by Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rover

• heneghan peng architects with multidisciplinary designers Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

National Holocaust Memorial design by heneghan peng architects with Bruce Mau Design

• John McAslan + Partners with emerging US practice MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

National Holocaust Memorial design by John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group

• Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with UK based David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects

• Studio Libeskind with emerging UK practice Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

National Holocaust Memorial design by Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects

• Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

National Holocaust Memorial design by Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

UK Holocaust Memorial Shortlisted Designs

18 Nov 2016

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlist

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlist

Ten world-class teams compete to design new National Holocaust Memorial next to UK Parliament

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to join independent jury to decide winning design

The Government is today (November 18, 2016) announcing the ten world-class teams that have been selected from almost 100 entries to create designs for the striking new National Memorial to the Holocaust being built next to Parliament. They will be judged by a high-profile independent jury of figures in British culture, architecture and religion, including Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky.

Victoria Tower Gardens and Parliament from the Thames:
Victoria Tower Gardens and Parliament from the Thames

Photos © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Emily Whitfield-Wicks

The shortlisted design teams include some of the most internationally renowned architects and artists working together, as well as exciting new talents.

• Adjaye Associates (UK) with designer Ron Arad Associates
• Allied Works (US) with artist Robert Montgomery
• Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread
• Diamond Schmitt Architects (CA) with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners
• Foster + Partners (UK) with artist Michal Rovner
• heneghan peng architects (IE) with multidisciplinary designers Bruce Mau Design
• John McAslan + Partners (UK) with emerging US practice MASS Design Group
• Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (FI) with UK based David Morley Architects
• Studio Libeskind (US) with emerging UK practice Haptic Architects
• Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) with artist Anish Kapoor

After a period of public consultation, seeking views from all communities across the UK, the winning team will be selected by an independent jury chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette.

Aerial view of Victoria Tower Gardens:
Aerial view of Victoria Tower Gardens in London

Jury members include:

• 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
• Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
• Rt Hon 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
• Alice M Greenwald, Director, National September 11 Memorial and Museum
• Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Journalist
• Baroness Kidron OBE, Film director and crossbench peer
• Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, Former Director of the Serpentine Galleries
• Paul Williams OBE, Director, Stanton Williams Architects
• Charlotte Cohen, Prime Minister’s Holocaust Youth Commissioner
• Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster, Natasha recently recorded the testimony of over 100 Holocaust survivors and camp liberators.

Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading will advise the jury.

The international design competition, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in September, attracted almost 100 entries from 26 countries. The ten shortlisted teams are now invited to submit designs for a striking new National Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, including a possible below ground Learning Centre, which will be taken forward subject to technical, financial, planning and other constraints.

Victoria Tower Gardens and Parliament from the south bank of the River Thames:
Victoria Tower Gardens and Parliament from the south bank of the Thames

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid said:

“I am delighted that such an impressive line-up of the world’s best architects, artists and designers are getting involved and helping create our new National Memorial to the Holocaust.
“It will stand as a permanent reminder of where prejudice and hatred can lead and it will show our commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism, in all its forms.”

Aerial of Westminster from Victoria Tower:
Aerial of Westminster from Victoria Tower London
photograph © Malcolm Reading Consultants/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:

“My first public engagement as Mayor was at the Yom HaShoah commemorations in London where I had the incredible honour of meeting and hearing from Jewish survivors and refugees who went through unimaginable horrors in the Holocaust. This experience reminds me once again why we must never forget these atrocities. 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.”

Victoria Tower Gardens London:
Victoria Tower Gardens London photo

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.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said:

“The new National Memorial to the Holocaust will be an enduring symbol of the UK’s absolute commitment to Holocaust education and to challenge hatred wherever we find it. The quality of the shortlisted design teams leaves me in no doubt that the eventual winner will rise to the tremendous responsibility of appropriately capturing these commitments.”

An exhibition of the finalists’ concept designs will be held in central London and locations around the UK from January 2017. They will also be available to view online ensuring that people from all backgrounds and all parts of the country have the opportunity to offer their comments. The jury will decide on the winning design team, which will be announced later in the spring.

View of the Palace of Westminster from Victoria Tower Gardens, by day:
View of the Palace of Westminster from Victoria Tower Gardens London
photograph © Malcolm Reading Consultants/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

This stage in the competition marks the next step in creating a new national landmark in the heart of the UK’s democracy, demonstrating a commitment to honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, providing a place for quiet reflection as well as a focal point for national commemorations.

The proposed Learning Centre will give visitors an immediate opportunity to learn more, contextualising the Memorial, grounding it in historical fact as events fade from living memory and inspiring future generations to respect and embrace difference in the fight against hatred and prejudice.

It will also contain recordings of testimony from British Holocaust Survivors and Camp liberators, including 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 Centre will signpost visitors to the many further Holocaust educational resources that are available across the United Kingdom.

The competition is organised by the London-based international design competition consultancy, Malcolm Reading Consultants.

To follow the project, please visit the competition website, http://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/holocaustmemorial/

Aerial of Victoria Tower Gardens from Victoria Tower:
Victoria Tower Gardens from Victoria Tower London
photograph © Malcolm Reading Consultants/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Holocaust Memorial International Design Teams

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition Shortlisted Design Teams

The full design teams are as follows:

• Adjaye Associates (UK) with Ron Arad Associates, Gustafson Porter, DHA, All Clear, Accept & Proceed, Abigail Morris, and Jonathan Safran Foer
Adjaye/Associates

• Allied Works (US) with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Robert Montgomery, OLIN, and Lisa Strausfeld
Allied Works Architecture

• Caruso St John (UK) with Rachel Whiteread, Marcus Taylor, Vogt Landscape Architects, Arup Lighting Design, and David Bonnett Associates
Caruso St John

• Diamond Schmitt Architects (CA) with Martha Schwartz Partners, and Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Diamond Schmitt Architects

• Foster + Partners (UK) with Michal Rovner and Future\Pace, Local Projects, Avner Shalev, Simon Schama, Samantha Heywood, Tillotson Design Associates, David Bonnett Associates, and Whybrow
Foster + Partners

• heneghan peng architects (IE) with Gustafson Porter, Event, Bruce Mau Design, BuroHappold Engineering, Bartenbach, and Duncan Boddy (PFB Construction)
Heneghan Peng

• John McAslan + Partners (UK) with MASS Design Group, DP9, London Communications Agency, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Local Projects, Modus Operandi, JencksSquared, and Lily Jencks Studio
John McAslan + Partners

• Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (FI) with David Morley Architects, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and Hemgård Landscape Design
http://www.ark-l-m.fi/

• Studio Libeskind (US) with Haptic Architects, Martha Schwartz Partners, Lord Cultural Resources, BuroHappold Engineering, Alan Baxter, Garbers & James, and James E. Young
Studio Libeskind

• Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) with Anish Kapoor, Event London, Sophie Walker Studio, Lord Cultural Resources, Arup Lighting Design, Whybrow, and Access=Design
Zaha Hadid Architects

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition images / information from Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC)

14 Sep 2016

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition in London

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

View of the Palace of Westminster from Victoria Tower Gardens:
View of the Palace of Westminster from Victoria Tower Gardens
photograph © Malcolm Reading Consultants/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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