We are proud to announce that Urban Experts is a technical partner of the architectural competition for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC). The organizer of the competition is the German company Phase 1 [phase eins], which is also known for holding a competition for the best project of the Museum of the Revolution of Dignity.
In their role, Urban Experts have established themselves as a reliable and professional partner, providing timely and complete local support to the organizers. Local support ensures further successful project implementation.
NAI Ukraine analysts and Urban Experts architects completed preparatory work for the competition: analysis of the regulatory framework, analysis of the territory, its opportunities and limitations, assessment of the urban planning situation. The architects also participated in the creation of the terms of reference for the contestants.
Vitalii Boiko, CEO and founder of Urban Experts and NAI Ukraine, joined the technical committee of the competition.
About the competition
On December 19, 2018, the opening of the pre-qualification selection procedure for applications for participation in the BYHMC project design competition was officially announced. The competition will be held in two stages, and the final decision of the jury will be announced on July 30, 2019. The prize fund of the competition is 165 thousand euros.
The goal of the competition is to develop a project for the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, which will function in accordance with the organization’s mission. It will be located in an authentic historical place, within the landscape of existing memorials. BYHMC should have iconic architecture and a unique visiting experience. The Memorial Center will become a place of remembrance and a multifunctional museum that will link different lines of historical events with modern and relevant exhibitions. It will be a symbol of a tolerant society and a center for research, discussion and reflection on the tragedy.
The architectural jury of the competition included Sir David Adjaye, architect head of Adjaye Associates, Austrian landscape architect Janos Karas, founder and partner at Aubök + Kárász Landscape Architects, German architect prof. Wolfgang Lorch, founder and partner of Wandel Lorch Architekten, Finnish architect prof. Rainer Mahlamaki, founding partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects, Ukrainian architect Yuri Seregin, chief architect of Kiev Alexander Svistunov, Norwegian architect, founder and partner at Snøhetta Kjetil Torsten.
The general jury will evaluate the works by Yana Barinova, Executive Director, Member of the BYHMC Management Board, Dieter Bogner, founder and head of museum design company bogner.knoll, Vitaliy Klitschko, Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration, Tamara Mazur, Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Victor Pinchuk, member of the BYHMC Supervisory Board.
The history of Babyn Yar
On September 29 and 30, 1941, on the outskirts of Kiev, in an area called Babyn Yar, more Jews were killed in two days than as a result of any other mass murder carried out by the German Nazis – 33,771 Jews were brutally executed.
According to historians, the total number of victims of Babyn Yar in the period from 1941 to 1943 was between 70,000 and 100,000.