Holocaust Memorial in Westminster – honours six million victims Nazi persecution

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Holocaust Memorial in Westminster – will feature 22 staircases between bronze blades. One for each country where Jewish communities were destroyed. Watch The Times video for more

Sir David Adjaye to lead design of new national landmark next to Houses of Parliament.

Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and the landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman selected to design the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

It follows an international competition, with 92 entries in total and ten finalists. The winning team  was selected unanimously by a jury. It included the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Mayor of London, the Chief Rabbi, experts from architecture, art and design, and both first and second generation Holocaust survivors.

The design team will be led by British architect, Sir David Adjaye, who is known for creating sensitive yet compelling designs. His recent work includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. and the Idea Stores in London’s Tower Hamlets.

But Sir David Adjaye has opponents of the scheme. One labelled his proposal “a silly hill” and a “split-apart ribcage”.

But there is no doubt that the design is stunning. Support for the monument is strong. Supporters believe it would help create an important part of life for the community.

It is an outstanding piece of artwork and when finished will draw an amazing number of visitors. However, it will be a struggle.

The opposers will also have problems trying to stop it. A battle is likely but it is not difficult to work out who will win.

The monument honours six million Jewish men, women and children.  They were murdered in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution. This includes Roma, gay and disabled people.

video: The Times

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