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Spheron chief wins contest for monument to totalitarianism’s victims

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Spheron Architects director Tszwai So has won an international competition to design a pan-European Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism

The winning scheme was selected from 39 anonymous submissions. The jury included Norman Foster and Pentagon Memorial designers Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman.

The project will be constructed on Place Jean Rey, in the heart of Brussels’ European district, and will be the first ever memorial for all victims of 20th-century European totalitarianism. 

The competition was organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, supported by European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and EU commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport Tibor Navracsics.

Second place went to Netherlands-based Sabina Tanovic and Dario Kristic while third place was awarded to Mantas Maziliauskas, Povilas Šorys and Gitana Stankiene from Klaipeda, Lithuania.

The top 10 entries will feature in an exhibition hosted by Hungarian MEP László Tökés in the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 April.

The competition win comes more than a year after Spheron completed a £364,000 timber chapel in London for the UK’s Belarusian diaspora community.

The 69m2 chapel sits within the grounds of Marian House, a community and cultural centre for the UK Belarusian community in north London, and is dedicated to the memory of victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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