Holocaust exhibition open to the public at the Scottish Parliament


An exhibition of the shortlisted designs for a National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre has been unveiled at The Scottish Parliament.

The exhibition, which will be on display until 1 April 2017, showcases ten shortlisted designs and physical models for a new National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre in the UK.

Envisaged as a place for everyone to come together to remember the Holocaust, the centre will provide a focal point for annual national commemorations in the UK.

The travelling exhibition was on display at Westminster earlier this month and some of the shortlisted designs will also visit the National Assembly of Wales.

The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP who opened the exhibition at the Scottish Parliament, said:

“The Scottish Parliament is honoured to display the ten shortlisted designs for the new National Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre and I would encourage anyone who has the chance to do so, to take this opportunity to see the designs for themselves.

“The new Centre will not only act as an important reminder of this dark period of our history but it will also inspire present and future generations to stand up against hatred and embrace difference.

“The ten designs have been specially created by internationally renowned architects as well as new talents all over the world to honour holocaust victims and survivors and ensure we never forget them.”

UKHMF Board member, Baroness Dido Harding said:

"The new National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre must be a truly UK-wide initiative. The Memorial will be a permanent site of remembrance to victims of Nazi persecution, while the accompanying Education Centre will act more broadly as a voice against hatred and prejudice in the modern world.

"It is vital Scottish voices are heard as this most important project develops which is why I was so pleased to unveil the 10 shortlisted teams' memorial designs in the Scottish Parliament.”

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation wants to hear the views on the 10 shortlisted designs from people across Scotland. To have your say visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-holocaust-memorial-design-competition-tell-us-what-you-think


The exhibition is made up of the ten shortlisted designs.  The shortlisted design teams include some of the most internationally renowned architects and artists working together, as well as exciting new talents.  The winning design team will be announced in May.   

The design teams are listed below:

  • Adjaye Associates (UK) with Ron Arad Architects
  • Allied Works (US) with artist Robert Montgomery
  • Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada) with landscape architect Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Foster + Partners (UK) with artist Michal Rovner
  • heneghan peng architects (Ireland) with multidisciplinary designers Bruce Mau Design
  • John McAslan + Partners (UK) with emerging US practice MASS Design Group
  • Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Finland) with UK based David Morley Architects
  • Studio Libeskind (US) with emerging UK practice Haptic Architects
  • Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) with artist Anish Kapoor

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