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Revealed: shortlisted designs in Canadian holocaust memorial contest

Images have been released of the six shortlisted designs for the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa

A team featuring British architects David Adjaye and Ron Arad made the shortlist which was revealed last autumn.

They are up against five other teams featuring renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind, who is designing the holocaust memorial in the state capital of Ohio in the US.

A viewing of the finalists’ entries took place last week, with comments from the public to be shared with the contest jury before it makes its final decision.

The shortlisted teams

  • 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)

A seven-member jury includes professionals in the fields of art and urban design; a Holocaust survivor; and representation from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council.

They will make a recommendation to the government of Canada.

Shelly Glover, minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, said: ‘I am pleased with the high calibre of the teams that have answered our call through this national design competition.

‘The future National Holocaust Monument will be a lasting symbol for Canadians and visitors to Canada’s Capital region to remember the horror of the Holocaust and how it affected our history.’

Gail Lord, museum planner with: Daniel Libeskind, architect; Edward Burtynsky, artist; Claude Cormier, landscape architect; Doris Berger, Holocaust scholar (Toronto)

Gail Lord, museum planner with: Daniel Libeskind, architect; Edward Burtynsky, artist; Claude Cormier, landscape architect; Doris Berger, Holocaust scholar (Toronto)

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Adjaye and Arad team shortlisted for Canadian holocaust memorial

A team featuring David Adjaye and Ron Arad has been named on the six-strong shortlist to design Canada’s new National Holocaust Monument in central Ottawa

Other finalists vying to land the comission to build the $4.5 million memorial close to the Canadian War Museum, include Gail Lord with Daniel Libeskind who was recently chosen to design the holocaust memorial in the state capital of Ohio in the US.

Edward Burtynsky, famed for his large-scale photographs, is also part of the Libeskind/Lord bid.

Designs by all six teams will go on display in February next year (2014).

The competition jury will recommend the winning design, with John Baird, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs and MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, expected to make the final choice.

Construction work is due to begin next summer and complete in autumn 2015.

Canadian Holocaust Museum site

Shortlisted teams

  • 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)

 

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