Design contest for Lvov sites names winners


LVOV, Ukraine (JTA) — Architects from Israel, the United States and Germany won first prizes in an international design competition to mark three key sites of Jewish history in Lvov, Ukraine.

The winners were announced Wednesday following two days of deliberation by a nine-member jury composed of experts from the U.S., Germany, Switzerland and Israel, as well as Ukraine. They chose the winners from a total of 70 design projects submitted by architects in 14 countries.

Ronit Lambrozo of Jerusalem won for her design for an area known as Besoylem, a remnant of Lvov’s centuries-old Jewish cemetery that was destroyed by the Nazis. The Besoylem area is the only part of the cemetery that was not built over following World War II, and the plan is to turn the space into a memorial park.

The design team of Ming-Yu Ho, Ceanatha La Grange and Wei Huang of Irvine, Calif., took honors for its design of a memorial at the site of the Janivski concentration camp, where more than 100,000 Jews were killed.

The German team of Franz Reschke, Paul Reschke and Frederik Springer was awarded first prize for a design to upgrade and create a memorial at the sites of three destroyed synagogues in the old Jewish quarter downtown.

Each category had three prize-winning designs and one or more honorable mentions.

The design competition, the largest to be held in Lvov since Ukraine became independent nearly 20 years ago, was organized by Lvov city authorities in cooperation with the Lvov Center for Urban History and the German Society for Technical Cooperation, or GTZ.

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