Six design teams – including globally renowned architects and artists – have revealed their visions for a new Canadian Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.
The monument, commissioned by the federal government, is planned for a site across the street from the Canadian War Museum. The museum hosted a public presentation of the proposals from the six shortlisted design teams last week. The six are the shortlist from an international design competition launched last May.
The entrants include a high level of Canadian and international talent. The best-known names on the list are architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the Jewish Museum Berlin and, in Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum’s controversial 2007 expansion; and David Adjaye, the Tanzanian-born British architect who is a rising global star.
The memorial in Ottawa is on a blank slate: a triangular site at the corner of Wellington and Booth streets, which is now empty. The federal government contributed the land and will fund $4-million of the project costs; a fundraising council is aiming for another $4.5-million in private donations.
The six proposals are:
A jury will recommend one of the shortlisted designs, and a announcement of the winner and groundbreaking are planned for this summer.