Peace Peres House / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

Architect: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv,
Programme: Auditorium, Offices, Library, Cafe, Lobby
Construction year: 2008
Local Architects: yoav messer architects
Interior Design: Fuksas
Site work supervisor: Michal Schaffer
Client: Pares Centre for Peace
Landscape Architects: TEMA
Art Work: Mimmo Paladino
Site Area: 7.000 sqm
Constructed Area: 2.500 sqm
Photographs: Moreno Maggi

A home port for all sailors and a haven for the shipwrecked. To imagine a place that is not virtual, but real. To be dedicated to Peace, is an immensely taxing undertaking of profound ethical significance.

Peace is a spiritual condition, an aspiration: tension and utopia.

The projection of will into the future is also an expression of hope that our children and future generation will live in a better world. Peace cannot be enclosed in wrapping: it’s, rather, a sensation of fullness and serenity that can be communicated through a place, or through architecture.

I have thought of a series of layers, a building that represents TIME and PATIENCE in strata of alternating
materials representing places that have suffered heavily. composed of alternating and superimposed types of sand and aggregate. A stone basement to raise the building, a meeting place from which two long staircase lead to a place of “rest”, whose size and height, full of light from above, helps us to forget the troubles of the world, and fill us with the positive attitude that is needed for our meeting with other men and other women. The outside of the building has alternate layers of and translucent glass. The transparency of the glass will filter the light through to the inside during the day, and by night will send it back outside, entrusting this magical image with the spiritual and message the site will inspire.

Architecture today must set itself as an aid, a hand to help us cope with the difficulties of understanding. This project represents the venue of an encounter, a debate, reasoning and solutions.

The Peres Centre for Peace is a parallelepiped. Obtained by irregularly shaped glass and concrete layers standing on a monolithic base: at one end of the building is the entrance to the car park, at the other the pedestrians entrance. At this point the basement becomes a large plaza, an empty space dissected lengthwise by two symmetrical ramps leading inside. This dark and low-ceilinged area leads to the inside of the well of light that is open for the whole height of the building, where is situated the Library. From here the alternating light and dark layers are visible; the former, in glass, lit from the outside and the latter, in concrete mixed with other materials and local earth.

The rest of this floor is designed to house various activity of the Peace Peres House.

The remaining three floors, each covering a space of 600 sqm and a height of 3,4 m., that are accessible with stairs and lifts, and contained a auditorium, intended to 200 persons, and offices of the Peace Peres House and spaces for meeting.

Cite: "Peace Peres House / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas" 26 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Thiefsie

    Amazing. The scale is rather deceptive!

  • DCV

    Fuksas is a great example to contemporary architects. He has no need to repeat himself for establishing some kind of brand, and his projects are always of great quality.

  • claude

    agree with DCV

  • http://UK john abrahams

    As a regular archdaily reader I’m severely disappointed that you’ve chosen to feature work from the colonial, apartheid state of Israel.
    This temple to ‘peace’ is in fact built on land usurped from a violated, indigiouness people.
    How can you be blind to both history & irony? Why don’t you read Michael Neumann’s ‘The Case Against Israel’:

    • James

      Much of the modern world is built on land usurped from the original inhabitants.

      Israel may be a more extreme example of it that’s fresh in everyone’s mind, but much of what’s said about Israel now can be said of the U.S. 500 years ago, or Europe 1,000 years ago.

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  • Richie

    I like the building, political commentary aside.. reminds me of Kengo Kuma’s slatted structures.

  • Rick

    A site plan or panoramic picture would be nice. The building is quite beautiful, appart from the fact that its sorroundings aren’t really understandable in any picture or plan, as if they were simply overlooked… It looks very symptomatic of a particular approach to pacification: we’ll be at peace, with ourselves, regardless of what’s around us.

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  • ben

    Why do people think it necessary to bring politics into an architecture site? If i wanted to hear abuse against israel I would go to any university campus in the UK. And stop trying to sell us your books! So as to redress the balance I will also post a link to a book:

    so if people actually get these books they will have both sides of the arguement!

    ps. the architecture is nice. lol.

    • James

      I think it’s an example of how in the modern world a society can’t escape such issues, even in art or architecture.

      Societies and cultures can’t get away with cordoning off that part of it anymore.

      In a way, that’s a good thing. Shame is one of the few ways to affect the behavior of the powerful.

  • Alfredo V

    I totally agree with DCV, i’m still a student but reapinting myself even in school projects seems pathetic for any architect who has self respect.

    fuksas is amazing the use of outer concrete/glass skin is outstanding

    • James

      Don’t underestimate how much is different from project to project for the famous architects many criticize for doing projects that have similar aesthetic features.

      Don’t let the “scale” at which you measure the appropriate amount of diversity in one’s work get bogged down by contrived rules imposed via social pressure.

      If you want to work on the same problem for 50 years, do it. It probably won’t be resolved by the time you’re done.

      Each human’s life is a moment in time compared to the age of the Universe. Why shouldn’t some architects focus? And why should they have to?

      Let each architect decide on their own and don’t shut yourself off to the possibilities involved in deep focus and/or diversity.

      If you’re still in school you should still be wide open to wherever it takes you.

  • Virginia

    I am out of the mainstream with my feelings re this building. I do wonder if this building were put up before a panel who knew nothing of it’s history and the explanation of the concept, how many would have described it as a building representing Peace?

  • ZIED

    It is a matter of great disappointment and disrespect to humanity to present work from the colonial, occupying and terrorizing state of israel, where all they do in israel is kill palestinians”State terror”. This so called peace center has nothing to do with peace.the whole building is built on land stolen and taken forcefully from the palestians.

    • Amir

      still , nice architecture.

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