Lewis Levin Architect

Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Johannesburg, Gauteng


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.