During World War II, Oslo's Villa Grande building served as the residence of the leader of the Norwegian Nazi Party throughout Germany's invasion of the Scandinavian nation, and now Transborder is using that history as a starting point for memorializing the horrors of the Holocaust. The firm has announced plans and released concept images for a Holocaust memorial center, the Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, that will reappropriate Villa Grande and make use of what might otherwise stand as an uncomfortable symbol of a racist past.
To be sure, Transborder's new concept images aren't the first to imagine the building as a memorial for the Holocaust. Since 2006, Villa Grande has been home to the Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities.
Image Credit: Transborder