International design competition for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
The future Center is a memorial of a new generation that will integrate the Babyn Yar landscape and the memorial park with an outstanding design and a unique visiting experience
Querkraft Architekten — the winner of the competition
The winning project is authored by the Austrian bureau – Querkraft Architekten with the landscape architect Kieran Fraser Landscape Design (Austria). Based on their proposed design project, the first Holocaust tragedy Memorial Center in Eastern Europe located at the site where the tragic events took place in 1941-1943 will be developed in Kyiv.
The concept of the winning project
The concept of the winning project is built around the Center visitors' individual perception. The design solution enables the visitor to physically feel the danger and hopelessness that surrounded the Holocaust victims during those tragic events.
After going through the core exhibition, the visitor finds him- or herself back in a luminous space. This democratic space is the Memorial Center's "heart", and it symbolizes the future, which gives hope.

It is around this space that are located premises for dialogue, research and public events. The design solution is built upon the contrast between these spaces of dark and light.
A long ramp resembling a cleft leads to the core exhibition located 20 meters below the ground level. The walls of the ramp ultimately fold over the visitor. This is an analogy with, on the one hand, the path of the Babyn Yar victims towards the place of their death, and on the other hand, with society's initially invisible, yet incessant plunging in the darkness of violence.
The winning project is based on the impressive whole formed by the entrance and the building. The entrance is a silencing 'canyon' descending towards the main entrance, where dialogue between light and materials prepares the arrival for the events of the centre itself. The building is condensed into a memorial with a sculpture-like scale. Its relation to the surrounding landscape is respectful.
Professor Rainer Mahlamäki, the member of the architectural jury of the competition, Founding partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, architect, Finland
The abstract and low-key architecture forms a unique interpretation of the competition task for realising the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. The abstract and minimal architecture pays respect to the memory of the Holocaust using language of silence, without external or artificial conceits. The proposal provides an excellent starting point to develop Babyn Yar Memorial into an internationally important centre».
The project team will continue to work with this architectural solution within a series of workshops with Querkraft Architekten.

The complexity of realizing the concept will define when the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center will open its doors to the first visitors.
The second and the third-place winners

The second and the third-place winners were projects from the bureaus Dorte Mandrup A/S (Denmark) with the landscape architect Martha Schwartz (USA) and merz merz (Germany) with the landscape architect TOPOTEK 1 (Germany) respectively.

The five finalists that took part in the second and final phase of the architectural competition also included the following bureaus: Richter Musikowski (Germany) with the landscape architects FABULISM (Germany) andLysann Schmidt (Germany), and BURØ architects (Ukraine) with the landscape architect Ksenia Feofilaktova of "V POLE DESIGN" (Ukraine).
Babyn Yar
In 1941, for the very first time in history, a metropolitan city in Europe lost virtually all of its Jewish
inhabitants to premeditated murder.
On September 29 and 30, on the edge of Kyiv, in and near the ravine called Babyn Yar, more Jews were slaughtered in two days than in any other single German
massacre – 33,771 Jews were brutally killed.

According to historians, the total number of Babyn Yar victims between the years 1941 and 1943
ranges from 70,000 up to 100,000.
Create a design of the Memorial Center
The task of the competition is to create a design of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
which will function in line with organization's mission. Located on an authentic site of history and
within the framework of the existing landscape of memorials, the BYHMC shall become a place of
memory and a multifunctional museum that connects various narrative threads of history in modern
and up-to-date exhibitions.

The Center should become a symbol for tolerant societies and a place of reflection, debate, research and contemplation.
Location of the Memorial Center
The Memorial Center shall be built in proximity to the original site of the historical events in Kyiv, situated at approx. 6 km west of the historical center of the Ukrainian capital.

The site is adjacent to the National Historical Memorial Preserve "Babyn Yar" where memorials and monumental objects dedicated to the various groups and individual victims of the Babyn Yar massacre are situated in various locations.
Through an open pre-qualification procedure, 8 to 10 architects shall be selected to enter Stage 1.

Between 4 and 6 competitors will be selected by the jury to proceed with Stage 2.
The competition is organized by invitation, in two design stages with an open pre-qualification procedure.
Architects selected for Stage 1 have to team with a landscape architect.

For further information regarding the competition and application process please follow the link:
Selection Committee
Jury Colloquium
Jury meeting
Stage 1
Participants' colloquium Stage 1
December 19, 2018
December 19, 2018 - January 23, 2019
January 31, 2019
February 1, 2019
February 13, 2019
May 3 and 4, 2019
Participants' colloquium
Stage 2
Jury meeting Stage 2
May 13, 2019
July 29, 2019
Application period,
online forum
Winner Announcement
July 30, 2019
"V POLE DESIGN" (Landscape Architect)
New York/USA
with GrossMax (Landscape Architect)
Edinburgh/United Kingdom
with Martha Schwartz (Landscape Architect)
New York/USA
New York/USA
with OLIN (Landscape Architect)
with Erik Dhont (Landscape Architect)
with TOPOTEK 1 (Landscape Architect)
with Kieran Fraser Landscape Design (Landscape Architect)
with FABULISM (Landscape Architect)
and Lysann Schmidt (Landscape Architect)
with Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés (Landscape Architect)
with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten AG (Landscape Architect)
On January 31, 2019, the following 10 architects or groups of architects or architect associations (bureaus) were selected and have chosen the landscape architects as their partners in the competition.

«Based on each entry's merit in Stage 1, the jury will select 4 to 6 of them to be advanced to Stage 2.
The evaluation of the submitted proposals, as well as the selection of award winners, is carried out by the jury, composed of the following persons.
Architectural Jurors
General Jurors
Technical Committee
Architectural Jurors
Deputy Architectural Jurors
Sir David Adjaye
Principal of Adjaye Associates, Architect, London/United Kingdom
Prof. Wolfgang Lorch
Rainer Mahlamäki
Founding partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects, Architect, Helsinki/Finland
Oleksandr Svystunov
Chief Architect of Kyiv, Kyiv/Ukraine
Svitlana Lypivska
Architect, Kyiv/Ukraine
Founding partner of Wandel Lorch Architekten, Architect, Darmstadt/Germany
Kjetil Thorsen
Founding partner of Snøhetta, Architect, Oslo/Norway
János Kárász
Founding partner of Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architects, Landscape Architect, Vienna/Austria
Serhii Tselovalnyk
Honored Architect of Ukraine,
Chief Architect of Kyiv, (2010-2015)
Janosh Vigh
Director, "Janosh Vigh & Partners"
Director, Anna Kyrii Architectural Projecting Group
Anna Kyrii
General Jurors
Vitali Klitschko
Mayor, City of Kyiv/Ukraine
Yana Barinova
COO, Management Board Member of the BYHMC, Kyiv/Ukraine
Victor Pinchuk
Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist, Founder, EastOne Group and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kyiv/Ukraine
Oleksandr Spasybko
Deputy Head, Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv/Ukraine
Mikhail Reva
sculptor, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Founder, RevaFoundation, Kyiv/Ukraine
Deputy General Jurors
Thomas Weihe
Advisor, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kyiv/Ukraine
Ronald Lauder
President, World Jewish Congress
Tamara Mazur
Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine
Dieter Bogner
Founder and CEO of the Museum Designing Company bogner.knoll, museum designer, Vienna, Austria
Anna Berenfeld
Advisor, RSL Management
Yulia Nechyporenko
Deputy Head of the Department of Protection of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine
Technical Committee
Karel Berkhoff
BYHMC Chief Historian
Vitali Boyko
CEO, URBAN Experts
Björn Geldhof
Kostyantyn Fedotov
Director of Department of construction, Kyiv City State Administration
Serhii Kuzmin
Head of the State Architectural and Construction Inspectorate of Ukraine
Artistic Director - PinchukArtCentre
Borys Glazunov
General Director National Historical Memorial Preserve «Babyn Yar»
Maksym Kotsiuba
Landscape architect, Landscape architect studio «Kotsiuba»
Serhii Pylypenko
General Director, Kovalska Industrial-Construction Group
Renee Sivan
Museum consultant - Conceptual Designer
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