10 shortlisted for UK’s National Holocaust Memorial

A shortlist of 10 has been selected from almost 100 entries to create designs for a National Memorial to the Holocaust, which will be built next to the Houses of Parliament.

The 10 are:

  • Adjaye Associates with designer Ron Arad Associates 
  • Allied Works with artist Robert Montgomery
  • Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rovner
  • Heneghan Peng Architects with Bruce Mau Design
  • John McAslan + Partners with MASS Design Group
  • Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with David Morley Architects
  • Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects
  • Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor

The memorial, which will be based in Victoria Tower Gardens (pictured), may include a below-ground "Learning Centre" that will contain testimonies from British Holocaust Survivors and camp liberators.

The learning centre will 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".

Sajid Javid, communities secretary and member of the judging panel, said: "The memorial 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."

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

An exhibition of the finalists’ concept designs will be held in central London and locations around the UK from January 2017. Interviews for the subject will take place in spring 2017 and in the the winner will be announced during the summer.

Image via Malcolm Reading Consultants

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