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Winning design proposals

A suggestion that won second prize (work 019)

A work awarded 2nd prize (no. 019), Entwurf: bbzl, böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin

Planner: bbzl, böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin

The planner’s design concept
“The memorial at the wholesale market shows that during the Third Reich prosecution and deportation were practically a part of everyday life. In spatial terms the structure will be limited to the authentic locations where the deportations took place, including the building’s wings, access ramp, harp switch stand and railroad bridge of the wholesale market complex.”

Verdict of the jury (excerpt)
“The central theme of the piece is the mundaneness of the location that witnessed the deportations. Consequently, the design almost exclusively emphasizes the authentic sites. Not overly symbolic or by grand gesture, the isolated structure of the harp switch stand as a relic of the crimes committed causes alienation and attracts attention. (…) The simplicity of the means deployed is likewise considered appropriate. (…) The work can be grasped and realized as a whole. Overall the contribution is decidedly terse and down to earth, which given its central theme is but a logical and convincing consequence.”

A suggestion that won second prize (work 070)

A work awarded 2nd prize (no. 070), Entwurf: KATZKAISER GbR, Köln

Planner: KATZKAISER GbR, Cologne

The planner’s design concept
“The idea is to visualize the commemoration of those deported between 1941 and 1945 at several different levels. Traces will be preserved, paths and references highlighted and the location superimposed with memories.”

Verdict of the jury (excerpt)
“The authentic deportation sites affiliated with the wholesale market are visualized in a very simple manner: the harp switch stand with the control tower and the ramp leading to the mustering basement beneath the wing of the wholesale market (…). Using a straightforward ramp designed to grab the beholder’s attention, the planners make this non-visible place visible to all passers-by on the greenbelt. The steep sidewalls turn the entrance into a long hollow abyss into which, beginning on the public path that runs through the park, you can look. A glass partition featuring the memories of a deportee seals off the entrance for security reasons. Likewise, other sentences illustrating the unspeakable ordeals suffered by Jews at the hands of the Nazis are engraved in the paths. (…) The simple structure of the clearly formulated ramp, the unobtrusive presence of the tracks and the (…) control tower that the death trains had to pass deliberately avoid any focus on the spectacular and instead make us aware of the banality of evil.”

A suggestion that won second prize (work 128)

A work awarded 2nd prize (no. 128), Entwurf: LOOC/M Architekten GbR, Frankfurt am Main

Planners: LOOC/M Architekten GbR, Frankfurt/Main

The planner’s design concept
“Between 1941 and 1945 German Nazis deported more than 10,000 Frankfurt Jews through the wholesale market, where they were herded into rail wagons and sent to their almost certain death. (…) The intention of this work is therefore to keep the memory of each individual victim alive, to give them a voice and a face.”

Verdict of the jury (excerpt)
“The jury appreciates the central theme of the design. The idea is to interweave authentic relics that are open to the public with those that are not. The result is a large cuboid structure, a space sculpture, which corresponds to the dimensions of the basement beneath the wholesale market and obstructs the path of walkers. The cube is made up of some 10,000 steel plates into which the names of the deportees have been engraved. However, the jury feels the reliance of the victims’ names is an inappropriate doubling as the concept already exists on the memorial on Börneplatz and should therefore be avoided. In general, the jury was not impressed with the overabundance of individual ideas and design elements that have been crammed into a single concept. (…) However, the jury commends in particular the temporary access to the cube via the converted control tower.”