National Holocaust Monument by Studio Libeskind

Canada's first monument dedicated to the Holocaust opened in Ottawa in September, honouring the millions of people murdered under the Nazi regime, and acknowledging the survivors who fled to Canada and settled there.

The Monument can accommodate 1000 visitors and is composed of six triangular concrete volumes in the form of a star, the visual symbol of the Holocaust. An ascending plane points to the future and a descending plane leads visitors to the interior spaces that are dedicated to contemplation and memory, including a large central gathering and orientation space, and the towering Sky Void - a 14 meter-high form that encloses the visitor in a cathedral-like space and frames the sky from above.

Painted onto the concrete walls are detailed versions of Edward Burtynsky's large-scale photographs of Holocaust sites, including death camps and killing fields.

Architecture by Studio Libeskind, based in New York, installation photography by Burtynsky Studio in Toronto and landscape design by Claude Cormier + Associes.

Photography by Doublespace.

 

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