Montreal Holocaust Museum design prioritizes sensitivity and urban integration

Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) has unveiled the winning design of KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker, which pays deference to the sensitive history of holocaust. Photo courtesy KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture

Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) contest’s winning design, by KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker, pays deference to the sensitive history of holocaust while organizing its space in a way to closely integrate with its surrounding urban context.

As per the objectives and the evaluation criteria of the competition, this design won because of its integration into the urban context, the clarity of organization of spaces and the integration of gardens into the museum experience. The jury also noted the team had a strong understanding of the Holocaust Museum’s mission and had approached the subject with great sensitivity.

“The brilliant design succeeded in creating a space of powerful architecture that remains respectful and sensitive to the difficult history of the Holocaust and its human rights legacy that will be transmitted within its walls,” said Daniel Amar, executive director of the MHM.

Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) has unveiled the winning design of KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker, which pays deference to the sensitive history of holocaust. Photo courtesy KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture

Based on the pillars of memory, education, and community, the new building will contain multiple exhibition spaces, classrooms, an auditorium, a memorial garden, and a dedicated survivor testimony room.

Construction on the new Museum, which will be located at 3535 Blvd. St-Laurent in downtown Montreal, will begin in the fall of 2023.

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