Allied Works was selected as a finalist for the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial in London. The project is an effort to document the stories of remaining survivors throughout the UK. The Memorial and a counterpart Learning Centre will be located in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament along the River Thames. Allied Works assembled a team that could respond to the challenge and significance of this project: Olin for landscape architecture, Lisa Strausfeld for Information Design, Ralph Appelbaum for exhibition design, and the British artist and poet Robert Montgomery.
Our proposal for the memorial is not an object, it is a sacred space to serve the voices of survivors. Folding back like a tallit, or prayer shawl, it holds visitors in an embrace with spoken testimony while framing a view to Parliament, underlining our shared accountability to prevent genocide. Marked with an invocation by Robert Montgomery, the Memorial and Learning Centre will provide a place where all may come to hear the voice of humanity and be inspired to take action against those who would deny it. It is a place to gather, listen, learn and remember—a space for Britain and the entire world.