Parliament to host Holocaust museum

A £50m Holocaust museum is to be built next to the Houses of Parliament.

It is to be designed by a consortium led by the Ghanaian-born architect Sir David Adjaye and is expected to open in Victoria Park Gardens beside the Thames in 2021.

“The message of this is so powerful; it is more than just a project” said Adjaye. “The complexity of the Holocaust story, including the British context, is a series of layers that have become hidden by time. Our approach to the project has been to reveal these layers and not let them remain buried under history” he said.

“To do so we wanted to create a living place, not just a monument to something of the past. We wanted to orchestrate an experience that reminds of the fragility and constant strife for a more equitable world.”

He was chosen from a shortlist of ten including such practices as Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid Architects and Norman Foster, and artists such as Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, said the new memorial would also be “about today and will look forward”.  Hate crime, antisemitism and Islamophobia were rising and the internet and social media were used for the mutual confirmation of prejudices, he said.

 

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