Danish Firm Creates River “Void” for Frankfurt’s Jewish Memorial

 

Danish OP architecture in collaboration with Rambøll Engineering were among the five winners of the international competition for a memorial to Frankfurt’s more than 10,000 deported Jews.

OP’s proposal “Absent Monument” will provide the visitors a very direct and sensuous experience of ‘deportation’. By physically removing a part of the river close to the Frankfurter Grossmarkthalle.

The memorial is located next to the historical ‘Grossmarkthalle’ in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from which more than 10,000 Jews were collected and deported to concentration camps in the period 1941 to 1945. In the same site, the European Central Bank’s new headquarters, a high-rise designed by Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelblau, will be erected.

Niels Lund Petersen, project leader and partner in the OP, spoke about the significance of removing part of the river:

“The Void was the strongest way to express deportation and sadness, without attempting to match the sizes of the Grosmarkthalle and the future the high-rise. We wanted to create a place expressing loss, emptiness and deprivation – but at the same time try to evoke hope and show the beauty of nature and human creations as a part of this experience.”

135 entries from around the world participated in the first phase of the open competition, out of which 20 were anonymously selected for the second phase and further processing. The jury awarded five proposals; three second prizes and two special prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

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