Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit

Using space and light to communicate lessons from a dark period of history

When the Holocaust Memorial Center wanted to move to new, larger premises, HKD provided the strategic vision and narrative concepts that directed the design of the 17,000 square foot permanent galleries.

The exhibition opens with a celebration of cultural traditions and artistic achievements of the Jewish people in bright, daylit galleries before descending into the dark hallways exploring the horrors of Europe in the 20th Century. The visitor then rises again to the Institute of the Righteous at the end of the exhibition, where they look at the opportunities and challenges facing us in the 21st Century.

HKD provided a total design service including script and graphics, supervising the provision of specialist exhibits from both UK and US suppliers. These included dioramas, architectural reconstructions and the commissioning of large, site-specific scenic murals.

Project facts:
Client: Holocaust Memorial Center
Year: 2004
Country: USA
Size: 1,700 m²
Our services: Masterplanning, conceptual framework informed architectural development, new build project, working with architects, large scale artwork commissions

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