An international open ideas competition for young architects and students was initiated to remember and honour victims of the MH17 tragedy, which has happened over the skies of Ukraine. This man-made tragedy has influenced thousands of lives in direct or indirect manner across the entire world.

This competition aimed to explore and research possible themes and directions of the Memorial representation and its integration into the public space.The wide spectrum of solutions which were proposed by participants were extremely inspiring. From 293 submissions international jury, represented by architects, university professors and artists, has chosen the winners. Please find below the list of the Honorable Mention Awards.

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MH17 Memorial + Park Competition Winners

Winner - 1st place
749421 / William Smith, Hiroshi Kaneko / US

Jury Comments:
The water is the protagonist, the main architectural elements in this proposal. One is drawn into priding the minimal man‐made intervention and maximum exploitation of the native presence on site: the water. The presentation speaks of re‐generation and, to some, it is about life and mostly hope to find consolation in nature, in people, in the way this world is managed. These ideas, so truly interfacing with nature, appear to set the seeds for something new to come. To some, this proposal communicates a reassuring message: we have come to the realization that something serious has been lost forever. How can we design hope? How can we stimulate the search for compassion and encouragement? Perhaps contributing to generate life in the middle of the Ijmeer can console us and induce hope: this is a public space and it gives everyone the possibility to consume it. The presentation is nice, essential, well done, and emotional. The lined‐up chairs are breathtaking; the image moves one inside that MH17 and makes us feel the hopeless despair of being stuck in the moment. It is sudden, it is fast, it is unthinkable, it is hopeless... it is the end while feeling still alive. This proposal allows for solitary pain (all senses open up in water). With the same intensity, the pain is a shared experience when occupying one of the vacant 298 chairs in the memorial. - Cristina Cassandra Murphy

Although water is used to serve as the site for this proposal, the focus is the vastness of the sky. It is about what is missing, what remains absent. There is a fragility being presented in terms of walking in the middle of a large expanse of water, where one is highly vulnerable to the weather and to nature. The memorial creates an unsettling sensation which provides the design with the most incredible strength. – Eric Schuldenfrei
"Experence through the space” was placed at the mission statement of the competition and this proposal reflects this at the best way. It is not about a imposed construction or an artificial intention. It’s about giving time and opening to the people be part of a new configuration of space and the spirit of the place merge with the intention of the memorial. Some times the architects have some need of being the center of the attraction, but in this specific case the “no architecture” is more respectful and more sublime. - Juliano Monteiro

MH17 Memorial + Park Competition Winners

Winner - 2nd place
159894 / Meaghan Hunter, Kristen Struthers, Danielle Loeb / Canada

Jury Comments:
Transforming throughout the year, the memorial acknowledges the catastrophe in a cyclical manner. Giving prominence to the month of the disaster adds emphasis for those remembering it, marking the years taken away from individual’s lives. To visit the memorial during the brief time in July when the linear axis is complete and when the trees form a memorial ground establishes a specific time for reflection. The rest of the year the components drift apart again and the memorial intentionally becomes incomplete and incomprehensible. – Eric Schuldenfrei

Quite, serene, yet constantly changing. This scheme enables infinite interpretations and reflections of the tragic event while providing a beautiful park space for the city. During the anniversary season (namely July), the full memorial experience reveals itself while also providing a large, contiuous common space for mass gatherings. Conversely, during the other months, smaller gatherings and individual journeys are experienced, further attenuated by the separation of segments - establishing a tangible relationship with time and place. While they are not emphasized, one could imagine the auxillary spaces being tucked beneath the segments or anchored at the ends, allowing full access to the landscape/forrest.- Julie Beckman

Very delicate design, based upon time lapse as the leading concept for memory and tribute. Not a single object, but the whole development work as the requested memorial, creating beautiful contemporary spaces that change trough the year, also carrying poetic approaches to the challenges at stake. Both the sunken axis and the tree park relate to its urban and symbolic functions in a peculiar way, at the same time strong, but discreet and appropriate to the urban scale. The user can choose whether to stay at the park, enjoying the city view, or meditating on a more reserved space, that carries a strong relation to nature trough the water and trees.- Sergio Ekerman

Concept is the key word to this project. Gives a little less attention to the technical information to present a powerfull way to exercise the interior reflection of what we see from ours selfs in the words landscape. With a half buried walk space, totally surrounded with reflected material, the visitant must find a pretty deep meaning for the life that is presented to us every day. The moving park cares for more technical explanations but brings to the concept a possibility of having a always modified surround. - Juliano Monteiro

MH17 Memorial + Park Competition Winners

Winner - 3rd place
635597 / Fabian Tolosa, Ariel Perea, Ignacio Pereyra / UK & Argentina

Jury Comments:
Formed out of a field condition, the memorial of lights is a series of individual moments that create a larger constellation. Altering its reading from day toward the evening, it is remarkable how the focal point of the memorial shifts from the solid mass of the black box to an ephemeral landscape of lights as it becomes dusk. This proposal does so much with so little and it is the sequences of spaces where it is the most convincing. In the black box there is a constant building of claustrophobia that is created. There is a sense of further introspection upon walking up the ramp toward the sky and standing above the site observing the memorial below. – Eric Schuldenfrei

Nice poster that literally draws you in it and leads you through the process of pain: the concept is straight forward, linear, and agreeable. The message and the elements used to express it are powerful yet quite, crude yet gentle, fairytale‐like yet real. Once can easily associate himself with the catharsis in process. There is water, a path, and a monolithic block. Three essential architectural moments aspiring to become a monument, a place where people can express their more intimate commitment to life. And there are two variables: candles and people. The first is moved by the natural elements of water, wind, and the second by feelings, interests, excitements. The design is an escalation of awareness: from initial numbness and disbelieve, to painful acknowledgment, support, comfort, and information. Well positioned within the water, the walkway is an extension of Amsterdam where the monolith almost becomes a silent, new presence in the urban‐scape. - Cristina Cassandra Murphy

This proposal is not strictly speaking using architectural media to mark the memorial. The use of lighting, in a humble and abstract manner, together with a minimalist architectural centerpiece, this project is noteworthy for its elegance and restraint. – Tom Verebes

The ethereal feeling created by the light settlement over the water follows a strong design decision, conveying central role for the memorial at an urban scale. A new site is created by “virtual” borders, defining a contemporary approach to the challenge, also inserting a new horizontal element to the landscape with great skill, once new visuals may come out for people both at the water and at the opposite margins. The building itself correctly assumes light, either natural or artificial, as the central element for enriching the memorial experience, crafting its capacity to move people visiting and paying tribute. - Sergio Ekerman

Dualism. The promenade of this project is it’s force. It is a one shot experience. The garden of lights on the outside is “quiet" and gives the visitor a transition and kind of preparation for the real deal that is all on the build it self. The construction is it’s best. The finest execution of the entries for the cinematography light, but lacks from the connection to the city. - Juliano Monteiro

There is unsurpassed simplicity embedded in this proposal. The serenity of the array of floating lights juxtaposed against the severity of the black monolithic building is very powerful. The building, while severe, does not overwhelm the site and provides ample interior space for individual reflection and large gatherings. The simplicity of the building plan is also appreciated - allowing for maximum interpretation of the tragic event as well as the place's uses and functions. - Julie Beckman

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