Róisín Heneghan shortlisted for UK Holocaust Memorial
Following her appearance at IIDEXCanada 2016, Róisín Heneghan, architect and partner of Dublin-based heneghan peng architects is in the news again. Her firm was recently shortlisted as one of the 10 international submissions for the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition. The memorial will be located largely underground and adjacent to the Palace of Westminster in Victoria Tower Gardens, London. The impetus for the project was a government commission completed in 2015.
The design brief calls for two major components: a stand-alone memorial with landscaping above ground and an underground Learning Centre. The government has already committed £50 million to the total project costs with the hope that additional educational work on the Holocaust will be developed and disseminated at the Learning Centre. The project’s mandate is to specifically relate the relevance of the Holocaust to the United Kingdom.
The Learning Centre will be around 2,650 square metres and is expected to use aspects of architecture, design and historical interpretation to set the Memorial in its context and convey the magnitude of what happened to European Jewry and other victims while ensuring visitors leave the site with a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its associated lessons concerning humanity.
heneghan peng’s team includes Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Event, Sven Anderson, Bartenbach, Arup, Bruce Mau Design, BuroHappold, Mamou-Mani, Turner & Townsend, PFB, Andrew Ingham & Associates and LMNB. Canada’s Diamond Schmitt Architects led another one of the shortlisted teams. Other finalists include: Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects; Allied Works; Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects; Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread; Foster + Partners and Michal Rovner; John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group; Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects and David Morley Architects; Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects.
heneghan peng’s discreet above-ground insertion includes an isosceles triangle emerging out of a rigorously planted landscape. Underground, sloped walls constructed of stacked elements with thousands of small light apertures create a distinct experience of remembrance leading visitors into an open-air triangular oculus rising above grade.
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Image: 5 Memorial Courtyard © heneghan peng architects & Malcolm Reading Consultants