The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BYJCREPORTER http:/com­pe­ti­tions.mal­colm­read­ holo­caust­memo­rial

TEN TEAMS of ar­chi­tects are vy­ing for the honour of de­sign­ing the UK’s Na­tional Holo­caust Me­mo­rial and Learn­ing Cen­tre which will stand next to the Houses of Par­lia­ment in Vic­to­ria Tower Gar­dens in cen­tral Lon­don.

The com­pe­ti­tion, launched by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May last Septem­ber, at­tracted in­ter­est from 92 teams from 26 coun­tries.

The 10 short­listed contenders, whose de­signs are fea­tured over three pages, come from Bri­tain, Europe, the United States and Canada and in­clude con­tri­bu­tions from the sculp­tor Anish Kapoor, Turner Prize-win­ning artist Rachel Whiteread and cel­e­brated Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Nor­man Fos­ter. The de­signs will be dis­played pub­licly at venues across the UK and on­line at

A con­sul­ta­tion in­volv­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic, Holo­caust sur­vivors and ed­u­ca­tors as well as tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists will now take place. These views will go be­fore a jury of ex­perts who will select the win­ning en­try this spring.

Mrs May said: “I will see to it that Bri­tain will have that Na­tional Me­mo­rial and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre—stand­ing proudly and per­ma­nently as a tes­ta­ment to our val­ues right next to Par­lia­ment at the heart of our democ­racy.

“That ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre will in­clude the tes­ti­mony of Bri­tain’s in­cred­i­ble Holo­caust sur­vivors so that their voices will live on long af­ter we are all gone.”

Ad­jaye Associates Bri­tish ar­chi­tects who say their de­sign is an “or­ganic liv­ing mon­u­ment” which “en­velops the vis­i­tor in the phys­i­cal, in­tel­lec­tual and emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence of the Holo­caust trauma”


Heneghan Peng “The Me­mo­rial is an ear that con­nects vis­i­tors with the voices and tes­ti­monies of those who ex­pe­ri­enced the Holo­caust,” say this Ir­ish-based team. “Vis­i­tors de­scend from the gar­dens through a se­ries of thresh­olds and pas­sages, en­coun­ter­ing in­di­vid­ual voices as they form a collective of those who speak of past hor­rors and the grave risk of au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism and bar­barism re­turn­ing today.”

Caruso St John Ar­chi­tects This Bri­tish team boasts Turner Prizewin­ning artist Rachel Whiteread and sculp­tor Mar­cus Tay­lor.Their pro­posal con­sists of a translu­cent sculp­ture above ground and a se­ries of large cham­bers be­low ground, in­clud­ing the “Hall of Voices” where vis­i­tors will hear sur­vivor tes­ti­mony.

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