The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre is a sombre memorial to crimes against humanity. After consulting with survivors of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide, a strong motif for the project emerged: the railway infrastructure of Europe and Africa.


  • The architect using donated materials and builders he trained through the project with limited resources has successfully created a robust building. The design of spaces that allow for multiple uses is commendable.
  • The museum typology as a spatial metaphor for change and education attempting to address issues of social sustainability.

People Upliftment

A slow building process, controlled throughout by the architect provided a transparent framework through which all parties involved in the construction understood the outcome.

Evolutionary Paradigm

The construction method used for the building and its relationship to sustainable education practices.

Joburg HG 1
Joburg HG 2
Joburg HG 3