Holocaust History Museum
Situated on a hillside overlooking Jerusalem's Ein Kerem Valley, the new Holocaust History Museum is the culmination of a 10-year redevelopment project of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.
The building is bursting out toward the north...a volcanic eruption of light and life./Moshe Safdie
Most of the Museum's concrete and glass "main body" is hidden
within the Mount of Remembrance, on which the Yad Vashem campus is
situated, allowing little more than its 500 feet elongated, angular
spine to convey a sense of its true scale.
At one end of the spine, closest to the Museum's entrance and to the Visitors Center, a large triangular prism cantilevers outward over the valley floor, seemingly floating into space.
At the end of the historical narrative the "Hall of Names" forms the final, dramatic display space.
The 30 feet high conical structure, open to the sky, houses the
personal records of millions of Jewish Holocaust victims. A
reciprocal cone, dug out of the natural bedrock, honors those
victims whose names will never be known.
The new cultural, educational, and scholarly institution reaffirms Yad Vashem's status as an important international center of Holocaust research and remembrance.
Safdie's contributions to the revitalization program includes the new Holocaust History Museum, Holocaust Art Museum, Exhibition Pavilion, Visual Center, Learning Center, Synagogue, Visitors Center, parking area and enhanced group access.
Safdie also designed the Children's Memorial from 1987 and the Memorial to the Deportees from 1995.
Facts about Holocaust History Museum
807,300 ft2 (75,000 m2)
Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc.
Last updated: December 14, 2012