Public feedback invited on all schemes, with winner announced this summer

Allied Works (US) with Robert Montgomery, The Olin Studio, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Allied Info Works, Arup, Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture, PFB Construction Management Services, BuroHappold and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Ten multidisciplinary teams have been shortlisted for an international competition to design a Holocaust memorial for Victoria Tower Gardens beside the Palace of Westminster.

Gustafson Porter + Bowman is involved with two schemes, one led by Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects, and the other by Ireland’s heneghan peng architects. Likewise Martha Schwartz Partners, who is working with Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects, and Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Also members of shortlisted teams are Olin Studio with Allied Works; Sophie Walker Studio with Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects; Vogt Landscape Architects with Caruso St John Architects; Lily Jencks Studio with John McAslan + Partners; Hemgård Landscape Design from Finland with Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects and David Morley Architects; and David Bonnett Associates with Foster + Partners.

The new memorial will honour the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution, creating a place of learning and reflection. Subject to financial and technical considerations, an underground learning centre may also be built.

The first stage of the competition drew 92 entries, and the winner is expected to be announced in the summer. Members of the public are also invited to submit feedback by emailing ukhmf@cabinetoffice.gov.uk or visiting the government website. Comments will be passed on to the competition jury.

See full details of the competition and all 10 shortlisted schemes here.

1 COMMENT

  1. Never seen such an inappropriate set of design responses to something.

    Visit Auschwitz or Birkenau concentration camps and see (not experience) how the ordinary becomes nightmare, or the extraordinary (in the most negative sense) is delivered so meanly, the very least resource spent. I find it difficult to reconcile the vanity in this expenditure and vulgar display of engineering and architectural prowess from only the largest private practices, when the it should surely stimulate feelings of discomfort and reflection upon our humanity. I would rather see a quadrangle enclosed within a basic fence with no gate or access to symbolise two different places existing at one time and in ‘plain sight’ – my landscape response of less being more. Perhaps there could be changing exhibitions inside and out, one or the other or both at the same time – or none at all bar an opportunity for people to leave their thoughts.

    The rest of the money could be spend on copies if Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search for Meaning” – which should be mandatory on the school curriculum. This is as bad an investment as the Garden Bridge down the road in these times of austerity driven depression and crisis.

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