Canadian government officials have announced the winner of the competition to design the National Holocaust Monument in the country's capital.
The winning team, led by Lord Cultural Resources co-president Gail Dexter–Lord, includes: Daniel Libeskind, AIA; artist Edward Burtynsky; landscape architect Claude Cormier; and subject-matter advisor Doris Bergen. The team's design, "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival," was selected from among six finalists, announced in October.
Studio Daniel Libeskind is behind the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus, as well as Jewish museums in San Francisco, Berlin, and Copenhagen. (In marginally related news, it's also Libeskind's 68th birthday today.)
According to the Toronto Star:
"The monument features a large gathering space for ceremonies — with room for 1,000 visitors — enclosed by six triangular, concrete volumes to create the points of a star. (The star was the symbol that millions of Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis, to identify them as targets for discrimination and eventual extermination.) Monochromatic photographs by Burtynsky depicting Holocaust sites will be embedded upon concrete surfaces."
The monument will sit on a site at the intersection of Wellington and Booth Streets in Ottawa, Canada. The inauguration of the monument is slated for fall 2015.