MSA is delighted to announce its inclusion in the design of the historic UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. The Victoria Tower Gardens played host to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s unveiling, boasting the culmination of designs by leading architects, including Sir David Adjaye, Ron Arad and London-based firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman.
MSA feels privileged to be able to perform our crucial role behind-the-scenes to ensure the smooth completion of such a meaningful project. Located in such an intricate setting, the final design had to account for multiple factors, hindering and subsequently minimising its spatial presence. The delicate and preserved green space of the Victoria Tower Gardens played a central role in ensuring that the monument was not imposing on its surroundings. The neighbouring landmark structures and monuments, including that of Emmeline Pankhurst, the Burghers of Calais and the Buxton Memorial was fundamental to the design and location, ensuring the existing UNESCO World Heritage views were respected.
MSA were commission at an early stage to produce an as-built model and provide the survey requirements for the architecture competition on which the monument designs would be based. Following the announcement of the winning architects, MSA were commissioned again to produce 3D measurement data to enhance the final design.
Subject to the granting of the planning permission by the Westminster council, the structure should be open to the public by 2022, boasting 23 tall, bronze fins to represent the 22 countries that had Jewish communities affected by the atrocity.
The depiction of the Holocaust Memorial due to be erected among the Victoria Gardens
Credit: Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects