Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects is among the shortlisted teams to design a national Memorial to the Holocaust in London, England. All ten shortlisted proposals, including models, renderings and videos, are currently on display to the public at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until August 21.
The Memorial and Learning Centre will be located adjacent to the Houses of Parliament in Victoria Tower Gardens along the Thames River, close to several celebrated heritage listed buildings. An independent jury of British figures in culture, architecture and religion will judge the submissions in September. Jury members include Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Ephraim Mirvis.
Diamond Schmitt is the only Canadian architecture firm selected to participate in the competition. Its team, led by A.J. Diamond, includes London-based landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners and New York-based museum exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
The other firms with shortlisted designs include Adjaye Associates with Ron Arad Architects; Allied Works with artist Robert Montgomery; Caruso St John with artist Rachel Whiteread; Foster + Partners with artist Michal Rovner; heneghan peng architects with multidisciplinary designers Bruce Mau Design; John McAslan + Partners with MASS Design Group; Lahdelma & Mahlamaki Architects with David Morley Architects; Studio Libeskind with Haptic Architects; and Zaha Hadid Architects with artist Anish Kapoor.
The competition welcomes comments from the public on the designs. To see all 10 submissions, please visit https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/holocaustmemorial/.
To vote for your favourite, please visit https://ukhmf-consultation.typeform.com/to/VLCgg8.