SHOAH MEMORIAL HAVE YOUR SAY
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.