January 27th, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation; a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument, under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the designers but for the builders as well.
The design for the monument has made headlines before. Architect Daniel Libeskind and artist Edward Burtynsky worked together to win the design competition for the memorial, with their ultra-modern, angular building plans.
Libeskind is well known for his geometric building designs. Perhaps the most renowned of all his designs are his plans to rebuild New York’s World Trade Center “Freedom Tower.” He won the design competition for that site, although his original plans were eventually compromised to make real estate developers happy. The architect named the design the ‘Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival’ for the competition. That now seems even more fitting, since Libeskind is responsible for only 4% of the final design of the build. Libeskind also designed the Jewish Museum Berlin, a building aimed at teaching people about the Holocaust.
From the sky, Libeskind’s design for the Canadian Holocaust monument looks like a modern nod to the Star of David, but set at a skewed angle. The form and shape of the future structure will stand as a commentary on the contorted anguish of those who fell victim during the Holocaust. This won’t be the case for the Holocaust monument, however. Libeskind’s “Journey through the Star” seeks to inspire hope and positivism, without diminishing the tragic past.
The memorial, now under construction, is set to open in late 2015.
Via Dezeen Magazine
Images via Daniel Libeskind