Image - Event on two of the ten shortlisted teams for the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre

Event on two of the ten shortlisted teams for the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre

Event is proud to be included on two of the ten shortlisted teams for the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre to be built in the historic Victoria Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The international design competition attracted nearly 100 entries from over 26 countries.

“These teams are challenged with creating a vision for the Memorial which sensitively reflects the loss of life and humanity during the Holocaust,” Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation Sir Peter Bazalgette said, “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 background to commemorate and learn.”

Both Heneghen Peng Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects are innovative, international practices with whom Event is delighted to collaborate and with whom Event has worked with previously. For both teams, Event will be looking at opportunities for the holistic development of interpretation across the site, Memorial and the proposed Learning Centre. The latter consists of a set of spaces to be located below the gardens and connected to the Memorial that will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the Holocaust, contextualizing the Memorial, grounding it in historical fact and providing new generations to learn from its lessons and safeguard them for posterity.

“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,” Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid said. “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.”

An exhibition of the concept designs will be held in central London and locations around the UK from January 2017. Designs will also be displayed online to ensure everyone can have an opportunity to comment on them. The jury will decide on the winning design team, which will be announced later in the spring.