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Architect Daniel Libeskind who transformed Ground Zero has designs on Maze site

By Amanda Poole

Published 12/09/2012 | 03:35

The Polish-American architect behind the 9/11 Ground Zero memorial in New York says a conflict transformation centre on the former Maze jail site is an opportunity to show progress made by the peace process.

Daniel Libeskind, who also designed the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, was brought into the Maze/Long Kesh project by McAdam Design.

The Maze, which closed in 2000, housed paramilitary prisoners during the Troubles from 1971. Ten men died there in the 1981 republican hunger strike.

“This is not a design that just comes out of an architect’s head,” Mr Libeskind said.

“We’ve met, in a very interesting process, with reference groups, representing a wide variety of people with a stake in the site. So it’s really to listen to the voices and to give a voice in this new building and in the space, to the story.”

Martin Hare from McAdam Design said it was a coup to get Mr Libeskind. He said: “There’s maybe 10 architects in the world who are recognised instantly by reputation — Daniel’s one of them. But even within that small group his reputation within conflict resolution is par excellence.”

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