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Competition results and next steps

Competition result

Exhibtion poster, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

In its decision on the contributions submitted for the first competition phase the jury selected 20 works from the total of 139 entries and requested their further refinement in the second competition phase. In this context the participants of the competition were given some general advice on perfecting their works. The jury received the results of the reworked proposals during the second competition phase on May 28, 2010. In the end, the jury decided to award three works of equal quality with second place. Two commendations were also given.


The following designs were awarded second prizes:

  • Work 019 bbzl, böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin
  • Work 070 KATZKAISER GbR, Cologne
  • Work 128 LOOC/M Architekten GbR, Frankfurt/Main


The following proposals received commendations

  • Work 048 OP Architecture, Niels Petersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Work 059 Martin Ott, Matthias Marbes, Weimar

Next steps

The jury recommended to the awarding authority that the planners of the three designs which won second prizes be asked to further refine their designs. This involves improving the shortcomings pointed out by the jury. It likewise suggested that it be highly beneficial if the ECB and the awarding authority engage in a close mutual collaboration in order to ensure that the project is feasible. The memorial is expected to be completed in time for the inauguration of the new ECB building in 2014, if not before. Prof Hirsch, President of the Jury, explained the jury’s decision for three entries as joint prize-winners over one winning design by pointing out that each of the proposals had “minor shortcomings”. The jury recommended finalizing the memorial’s future shape by way of a public debate, which could itself form an integral part of the memorial.

  • An exhibition of all entries, held in the Atrium of the City Planning Department and the neighboring Museum Judengasse on Börneplatz from September 3 through 28, 2010, afforded ample opportunity for the public to consider the proposals and become involved in the planning. The opening day of the exhibition on September 3, 2010 provided the first opportunity for public debate. After the three studios had presented their designs, citizens were invited to ask questions and make suggestions.
  • An online survey was set up to accompany the exhibition. Moreover, visitors were invited to make use of the questionnaires available in the exhibition rooms, the results of which were immediately uploaded by exhibition staff. The fact that more than 300 people participated in the survey overall testifies to the success of the PR campaign in the media. In addition, the high online participation of over 60 percent is very representative of the population. One key result of the survey is that participants expect the memorial to provide information in a predominantly factual and natural manner. Another important item is that the situation as it was back then can be experienced through historic elements that have been replicated or preserved.
  • Guided tours with two Frankfurt schools also took place. The tour guide was Jürgen Steinmetz who has closely collaborated with the Jewish Museum in the past and held several guided tours in this context. The pupils of the European School and Bettinaschule were very interested and involved during the tours. The preferences of the younger audience deviate only slightly from the overall result of the survey.
  • The participation results were presented to the public on the final day of the exhibition on September 28, 2010, with those attending expressly invited to debate the results and give their opinions.
  • The results of the public involvement process were edited and included in a suitable way in the specifications for the revision phase. The revised winning designs were submitted on January 14, 2011. On March 11, 2011 the decision-making committee co-chaired by Frankfurt’s Mayor Petra Roth and the then President of the European Central Bank, Dr. Jean-Claude Trichet endorsed the recommendation made by the Advising Committee to realize the design by the Cologne-based studio KatzKaiser.
  • Planning and construction work for the implementation of the winning design was concluded with the official opening of the memorial on November 22, 2015.