The prison near Belfast was used to house paramilitary prisoners during the Troubles in the region from 1971. It was the scene of acts of defiance by prisoners against the British, including the hunger strikes of 1981, in which ten prisoners died. The prison closed in 2000.
The BBC reports that Libeskind has been chosen for the £18 million "conflict transformation centre" following an international tendering process.
Libeskind made his name designing the Jewish Museum in Berlin, which opened in 2001, and has since become associated with monuments to conflict including the Imperial War Museum North in Salford, England and the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, due to be built at the University of Essex in England.