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Major Commemoration Designs + Building Projects from around the World

post updated 27 August 2021

Memorial building designs

Memorial Designs

This page lists the principal memorial designs across the globe. We aim to select commemorative buildings + designs that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.

We cover completed commemoration buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and design competitions. The focus is on contemporary commemorative buildings but information on traditional memorials is also welcome.

Latest Commemorative Architecture – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Feb 1, 2016
The Weight of Sacrifice Memorial Washington, D.C., USA
Design: Joseph Weishaar with sculptor Sabin Howard
image of design proposal
The Weight of Sacrifice Memorial Washington, D.C.
WWI Centennial Commission Selects “The Weight of Sacrifice” for Memorial in Washington, D.C.

10 Oct 2013
July 22 Memorial Sites, Norway, northern Europe
Design Competition
Island of Utøya
photograph from organiser
July 22 Memorial Sites
This second phase of the competition ends on 15 February 2014, with the announcement of the winning candidate. The memorial in Hole and the temporary memorial in Oslo should be completed by 22 July 2015. The date of completion for the permanent memorial in Oslo will be determined by the redevelopment of the Government Quarter.

17 Aug 2011
M9 / Memorial for 9 girls, Chile
Design: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani & Asociados Arquitectos
M9 / Memorial for 9 girls Vitacura, Santiago de Chile design
photo : Nicolás Saieh
M9 / Memorial for 9 girls
The place opens like a dialogue from the love of Mary at the foot of the Cross. The Manquehue hill is the backdrop that contrasts with the sky. The evocation of nature reaches the relief of a sacred place.

Recent Memorial Design

10 May 2010
Japanese Immigration Memorial, Brasil, South America
Design: Gustavo Penna
Japanese Immigration Memorial Brazil building
photograph : Jomar Bragança
Japanese Immigration Memorial
This design evokes cohesion along with continuous movement and interdependence.

New Memorial Buildings

Key Memorials + Commemorative Design Projects, alphabetical:

Atocha Train Station Memorial, Spain
Design: estudio de arquitectura fam
Atocha Train Station Memorial
picture from architect
Atocha Train Station Memorial, Madrid

The Cenotaph memorial, London, England, UK
Design: Edwin Lutyens Architect
The Cenotaph
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
The Cenotaph : War Memorial, Whitehall

Firemen tragedy Memorial, Croatia
Design: radionica arhitekture
Firemen tragedy Memorial Croatia
picture from architects
Firemen tragedy Memorial
Design proposal

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany
Design: Peter Eisenman
Holocaust Memorial
picture © Adrian Welch
Holocaust Memorial Design : Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

London Bombings Memorial, England, UK
Design: Carmody Groarke Architects
London Bombings Memorial
photo © Nick Weall
London Bombings Memorial

Mourning House, Mexico City
Design: Pascal Arquitectos
Mourning House
photo : Víctor Benítez
Mourning House Mexico City

Neue Wache, Berlin, Germany
Architect: Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Neue Wache Berlin
photo © Adrian Welch
Neue Wache Berlin, Unter den Linden

Tsunami Memorial, Oslo, Norway
Design: Monolab
Tsunami Memorial
picture from architects practice
Tsunami Memorial : design competition

More Memorial Architecture online soon

Canadian War Memorial, Green Park, London, England, UK
Design: Pierre Granche
Canadian War Memorial
image © AW

War Memorial, Green Park, London, England, UK
Green Park War Memorial War Memorial Green Park
photos © AJW

Other Memorials – no images/links, alphabetical:

Chapel of the Resurrection, Woodland Cemetery, Enskede, Stockholm, Sweden
Date built: 1934
Sigurd Lewerentz, Architect

Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, South Wales
Dates built:1969-70
Max Fry, Architect

Crematorium, Kakamigahara, Japan
Date built:2007
Toyo Ito Architects

Mausoleum, Murcia, Spain
Date built:2004
Manuel Clavel Rojo

Memoria e Luce 9/11 Memorial, Padua, Italy
Date built:2005
Studio Libeskind

Park-Cemetery, Igualada, Spain
Date built:1995
Architect: Enric Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue Arquitectes – EMBT

San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, Italy

Aldo Rossi Architect

San Michele Cemetery Extension, Venice, Italy

David Chipperfield Architects

Woodland Crematorium, Stockholm, Sweden
Date built:1940
Erik Gunnar Asplund

Memorial Architecture + Commemorative Building Designs welcome

Jewish Museum building – Juedisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Daniel Libeskind Architect
Jewish Museum Berlin
picture © Bitter Bredt
Jewish Museum Berlin : memorial elements within and adjacent to the building

Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Frederic Bartholdi
Statue of Liberty
photo © Andrew McRae
Statue of Liberty New York

Comments for the Memorials + Commemorative buildings / designs page welcome