UK Holocaust Memorial, London, UK
The UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre summarises the Holocaust, the persecution and systematic mass murder against not only the Jews, but also against other minorities, that took place during the Second World War. The scheme balances a landscape and a memorial, holding on to the park space that fosters current social identity, but putting deep roots down for the ongoing teaching and learning of the atrocities that took place.
The Lost Shtetl, Šeduva, Lithuania
The Lost Shtetl is at the same time a memorial and a museum. Both of the features are to be found in here – the entity is a remembrance of a lost village, but also a universal interpretation of community living and about the physical environment, where we all have the right to live. No other goals have been set to the symbolism of the building –the village itself will tell the story of life.
Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
The shortlisted proposal for the Latvian Contemporary Museum of art is a restrained and humble landmark destined to illuminate its surroundings. The white and translucent building serves as an instrument of light – or a lantern in an urban space.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw has been one of the most important cities for Jews; before the Second World War there were half a million Jewish inhabitants in the city. Polin, the Warsaw Museum for the History of Polish Jews, sits alongside the memorial to the Jewish Ghetto Uprising and tells the story of Polish Jews not only in the contents of the museum, but also in the public spaces and views to eachother and the rest of the city that they create. The museum brings a level of modesty – rather than creating a loud statement – that speaks of the time in which it was constructed, whilst also being the vessel for past and future stories of Polish Jews. A certain ...
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Espoo, Finland
Haltia is a new eco-friendly visitor centre bringing all of Finland's nature under one roof. Geothermal heating, solart collectors, grass-decked roof, self-adjusting air-conditiong and lighting - the environment and the eco-technological design have been taken into account in every aspect of Haltia. Haltia was opened May, 2013. Haltia is situated in Espoo close to Helsinki.
Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland
The building consists of two museums: The Maritime Museum of Finland and the Kymenlaakso Provincial Museum. The entry called 'Hyöky' (Surge) won the international open architecture competition held in 2005. The building plays a major role in the townscape supporting the maritime identity of the city in different ways.
The Centre of Folk Art, Kaustinen, Finland
The Kaustinen Centre of Folk Art is an international information, training and research centre about Finnish folk culture. The functional centre of the Centre of Folk Art is the concert hall and the exhibition area. The building also houses rooms for educational and research activities, as well as premises for the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival organisation.
Finnish Forest Museum and Information Centre Lusto, Punkaharju, Finland
The Finnish word 'lusto' - a tree's annual growth ring - symbolises growth as well as reflects the round shape of the building and the layered nature of its structure. The museum was established to present not only traditional forestry but also other forms of forest use and traditions - to present silviculture as a whole.