May 12, 2014
By Michael Kramer
World renowned architect Daniel Libeskind will be leading the design of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument.
Lebeskind designed Berlin’s Jewish Museum and is the architect associated with New York’s Ground Zero. He’s best known in this country for his Michael Lee-Chin Crystal re-vamp of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
He’s won a design competition for the Ottawa project – in combination with photographer Edward Burtynsky – landscape architect Claude Cormier and museum planners Lord Cultural Resources.
The Monument site is in a field across from the Canadian War Museum – about a kilometre away from Parliament Hill.
The plans are a blend of architecture, landscape and art – with visitors taking a “Journey Through a Star,” a concrete structure that – seen from above – resembles the six-pointed Star of David – the symbol of Jewish identitiy.
A statement from the design team says the space consists of several triangular areas – meant to evoke the badges used to classify prisoners in concentration camps – including Jews, Roma, Gays and physically disabled people.
The Ottawa National Holocaust Monument begins construction this summer with an opening planned for the autumn of 2015.