Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

Daniel Libeskind’s “elongated Star of David” has been announced today, the architect's 67th birthday, as the winner of an international design competition for Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Selected from a shortlist of six, the winning "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival" monument is expected to be constructed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets sometime next year.

“Carved from the flat, ground plain of the historic LeBreton Flats, the Monument stands as a silent and dignified space shielded from the highway and road traffic providing controlled vistas toward the Canadian War Museum, the surrounding landscape and the Canadian Parliament. This Monument is a “Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” in which a star is created by six triangular volumes at each of its points organized around a large gathering space for ceremonies. Each one of these volumes provides a unique theme and ambiance for interpretation, contemplation and artistic expression.”

The winning team, dubbed “Team Lord,” was led by Museum planner Gail Lord who worked with architect Daniel Libeskind, artist Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Dr. Doris Berger.

Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada

You can review the five competing schemes, here.

Excerpt taken from team’s project presentation. 

Reference: Government of Canada, The Calgary Sun

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument" 12 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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