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Libeskind wins Canadian Holocaust memorial contest

Daniel Libeskind has defeated a raft of practices including UK-based David Adjaye Associates in the contest to design Canada’s National Holocaust Monument

The architect of Berlin’s Jewish Museum was named winner of the prestigious competition on his 67th birthday.

The design by Libeskind – who is also designing a holocaust memorial in the state capital of Ohio – is based on the six-pointed Star of David which is a symbol of Judaism.

It will feature six triangular, concrete volumes with photographic landscapes of Holocaust sites embedded in the walls.

The architect said: ‘I am humbled by this opportunity to create a memorial for the people of Canada. Through the transformative power of architecture, I believe this monument will become an important place for memory, remembrance and the celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.’

Libeskind’s was part of a winning team chosen for the project including museum planner Gail Lord and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Six outfits were shortlisted for the new memorial including a collaboration between David Adjaye and Israeli industrial designer and architect Ron Arad.

The full shortlist

  • Irene Szylinger, art historian and curator with: David Adjaye, architect; Ron Arad, artist/architect (Toronto/UK)
  • Hossein Amanat, architect and urban designer with: Esther Shalev-Gerz, artist; Daniel Roehr, architect and project manager; David Lieberman, architect (Vancouver)
  • Leslie M Klein, Quadrangle Architects with: Jeffrey Craft (SWA Group); Alan Schwartz, Terraplan; Yael Bartana, artist; Susan Philipsz, artist; Chen Tamir, artist; Deborah Dwork and Jeffrey Koerber, Holocaust scholars (Toronto)
  • Gail Lord, museum planner with: Daniel Libeskind, architect; Edward Burtynsky, artist; Claude Cormier, landscape architect; Doris Berger, Holocaust scholar (Toronto)
  • Gilles Saucier (Saucier + Perrotte Architectes) with: Marie-France Brière, artist (Montreal)
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist with: Julian Bonder, architect (US)

The concrete structure will occupy a 0.3 hectare plot in central Ottawa opposed the Canadian War Museum.

The monument is expected to open to the public in autumn 2015.







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