Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry – Cultural and Memorial Center / Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

© Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Designed by Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan, the proposal for the Yad Le’Banim Building – Cultural and Memorial Center seeks to emphasize the duality between everyday life activities and commemoration. In a center that houses both cultural communal facilities that open daily and annual memorial ceremonies for casualties of war, the center is designed as a linear path. It gradually rises from ’s main street, hovers above its surrounding garden, and eventually reaches a viewpoint towards the historical buildings of . More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Yad Le’Banim center is to be situated at the entrance of Ramat Yishay, A town in northern with strong local identity and rich community life. It did not seemed right to create at this site a closed indoor compound, but rather a semi open center. This center invites residents to take part in different community activities held in varied indoor and outdoor spaces. For this reason, it was important to create a sense of an open and inviting garden at the site. Several measures were taken to achieve this – minimal imprint of the built mass, preservation of the existing trees on site, free movement towards and from the site.

classrooms and activity rooms / © Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

The project houses informal daily activities for individuals and small groups and also large ceremonial gatherings few times a year. Both indoor and outdoor spaces of the center contain these dualities. From the vegetation and natural topography of the open garden rise seating benches and a stage designated for large ceremonial gatherings.

community library / © Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

The build mass is connected at its North West corner to Ramat Yishay’s main street. A community library facing the street invites pedestrians to take part. From that corner the building gradually rises above ground level, with classrooms and activity rooms hovering above and observing the garden. A memorial room is set at the highest point of the building. It dedicated to Ramat Yishay’s war casualties. The room observes the historic town hall.

garden and outdoor seats / © Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Thus, a circle is created beginning with Ramat Yishay’s daily informal activity and ending with the commemoration of the town’s history.

Architects: Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan
Location: Ramat Yishay, Israel
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2012

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry – Cultural and Memorial Center / Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan" 09 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=315832>

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