Shortlist for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre Announced
Event is proud to be on two of the ten teams shortlisted from nearly 100 entries from over 26 countries. The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation launched the international completion in September 2016 to identify the best design teams to create an emotionally powerful and sensitively designed Memorial and Learning Centre.
The ten designs shortlisted for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre International Competition were unveiled on 26th January 2017 at a private event at 10 Downing Street just prior to UK Holocaust Memorial Day. Both the Memorial and Learning Centre are to be situated in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament.
The team led by artist Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a concept based on the strong visual impact of a meteorite. As Kapoor notes, “meteorites, mountains and stone are often at the centre of places of reflection. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity”. Throughout the concept stage, Event has informed the design evolution of the proposal, providing expert guidance on interpretive potential and visitor circulation as well as shaping the narrative coherence between the Memorial and Learning Centre and its historic site.
The new national Memorial will serve as the focal point of national commemoration of the Holocaust. The Learning Centre will be an important educational resource that will contextualise the Memorial and reinforce the ambition of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to engage and inspire visitors. It will explore how hatred, prejudice and apathy led the Holocaust, how these may have led to subsequent genocides and the need to guard against them today.
The historic nature of the site and the public value of the existing amenity requires that while the Memorial must be visible, the Learning Centre must sit wholly below ground.
The designs are now available online and will be displayed at a number of venues across the UK for public comment and consultation.
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