Shortlisted Holocaust Memorial Designs on Display at the V&A

Photo Credit: Foster + Partners and Michal Rovner’s rendering of their proposal for the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre (© Michal Rovner. The competition is organised and run by Malcolm Reading Consultants)

The UK is set to build a National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, which will be erected near the Victoria Tower Gardens in London. The shortlisted designs for this new memorial are currently on exhibit in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

There are ten designs from competing teams on display until August 22, when a winner will be picked by a jury of 13 members, including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former director of the Serpentine Galleries Julia Peyton-Jones.

The winning design will be not only a place for reflection, but also for learning. The competition website states that the memorial will “be widely accessible and communicate to all visitors – regardless of age, faith, background, nationality, language, or knowledge of the Holocaust – attracting and involving people outside the established audience.”

The memorial will be funded by the UK government department for Communities and Local Government. The winning design team will be awarded £15,000.

The memorial’s aim is to be, as department secretary Sajid Javid puts it, “a powerful reminder of what happens if you leave hatred unchecked.”

To learn more about the project and view all ten designs, visit the competition website here.


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