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Ten teams compete to design UK National Holocaust Memorial

UK Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to join independent jury to decide winning design for new Holocaust Museum

by Nick Myall 21 November 2016
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    The UK Government has announced the ten world-class teams that have been selected from almost 100 entries to create designs for the striking new National Memorial to the Holocaust being built next to Parliament. They will be judged by a high-profile independent jury of figures in British culture, architecture and religion, including Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky.

    The shortlisted design teams include some of the most internationally renowned architects and artists working together, as well as exciting new talents.

    •     Adjaye Associates (UK) with designer Ron Arad Associates
    •     Allied Works (US) with artist Robert Montgomery
    •     Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread
    •     Diamond Schmitt Architects (CA) with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners
    •     Foster + Partners (UK) with artist Michal Rovner
    •     heneghan peng architects (IE) with multidisciplinary designers Bruce Mau Design
    •     John McAslan + Partners (UK) with emerging US practice MASS Design Group
    •     Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (FI) with UK based David Morley Architects
    •     Studio Libeskind (US) with emerging UK practice Haptic Architects
    •     Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) with artist Anish Kapoor

    After a period of public consultation, seeking views from all communities across the UK, the winning team will be selected by an independent jury chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette.

    Jury members include:

    •     Sir Peter Bazalgette (Jury Chair), Chair, United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Chair, ITV Board
    •     Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom
    •     Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
    •     Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
    •     Ben Helfgott MBE, Holocaust Survivor, Honorary President, ’45 Aid Society and President, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
    •     Sally Osman, Director of Royal Communications
    •     Loyd Grossman CBE, Chair of Royal Parks
    •     Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster, Natasha recently recorded the testimony of over 100 Holocaust survivors and camp liberators.

    Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading will advise the jury.

    The international design competition, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in September, attracted almost 100 entries from 26 countries. The ten shortlisted teams are now invited to submit designs for a striking new National Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, including a possible below ground Learning Centre, which will be taken forward subject to technical, financial, planning and other constraints.

    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid said:

    “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.

    “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.”

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “My first public engagement as Mayor was at the Yom HaShoah commemorations in London where I had the incredible honour of meeting and hearing from Jewish survivors and refugees who went through unimaginable horrors in the Holocaust. This experience reminds me once again why we must never forget these atrocities. I’m proud to support plans to create a National Memorial of the Holocaust in the heart of London.

    “I look forward to joining the jury to choose a landmark to pay a fitting tribute to the six million Jewish lives lost in what was one of the darkest hours for humanity.”

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

    An exhibition of the finalists’ concept designs will be held in central London and locations around the UK from January 2017. They will also be available to view online ensuring that people from all backgrounds and all parts of the country have the opportunity to offer their comments. The jury will decide on the winning design team, which will be announced later in the spring.

    This stage in the competition marks the next step in creating a new national landmark in the heart of the UK’s democracy, demonstrating a commitment to honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, providing a place for quiet reflection as well as a focal point for national commemorations.

    The competition is organised by the London-based international design competition consultancy, Malcolm Reading Consultants.

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    Nick Myall

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