UK Holocaust Memorial & Learning Centre

London, UK

  • Status
  • Category
    Civic, Culture
  • Masterplan/leaning centre Architect
    Adjaye Associates
  • Memorial Architect
    Ron Arad Architects
  • Landscape Architect
    Gustafson Porter + Bowman
  • Client
    UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation
  • Mechanical/Plumbing
    Hurley Palmer Flatt
  • Lighting Designer
    DHA Designs

Technical Info +

Visitors approaching the Memorial will see a subtle grass landform with only the tips of the Memorial’s fins bristling in the distance. Its design stimulates a sense of curiosity and intrigue where visitors are encouraged to explore further into the memorial.

Following an international competition, Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter + Bowman were selected unanimously as the winning team. The jury included the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Mayor of London, the Chief Rabbi as well as first and second generation Holocaust survivors and architecture and design experts.

Located next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the new UK Holocaust Memorial will honour the six million Jewish people who were murdered in the Holocaust, and all other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, gay and disabled people. Its co-located Learning Centre will contextualise the Memorial above and use the stories and facts of the Holocaust to explore antisemitism, extremism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society today. From its location next to Parliament, it will ask questions about the role of society and its institutions in encouraging respect for others and preventing hatred.

The overarching vision for the memorial and learning centre, is to retain Victoria Tower Gardens as a public park affecting minimal green space. Our proposal intervenes lightly, ensuring the park’s existing uses can be retained and enhanced rather than replaced.