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The Gazelle Valley Park / Weinstein Vaadia Architects + Rachelle Wiene

05:00 - 19 May, 2016
© Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener
© Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener

© Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener © Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener © Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener © Amit Geron, Amir Balaban & Rachelle Wiener +18

Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel

13:20 - 14 April, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron Share New Images of the National Library of Israel, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron have released new images of their design for National Library of Israel. Located on a prominent site in West Jerusalem, the National Library is at the base of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron +10

HQ's Blooming Flowers React to the Presence of Pedestrians

16:00 - 29 October, 2015
HQ's Blooming Flowers React to the Presence of Pedestrians, © HQ Architects
© HQ Architects

Shade isn't hard to find in Jerusalem's Vallero Square, thanks to these giant urban flowers designed by HQ Architects that bloom in the presence of pedestrians. "Warde," as the installation is called, is a set of four inflatable flowers at the entrance of the city's market square and adjacent tram station that "open up" whenever pedestrians walk by or the tram is approaching.

Daniel Libeskind to Build "Pyramid Tower" in Jerusalem

14:25 - 29 July, 2015
Daniel Libeskind to Build "Pyramid Tower" in Jerusalem , © Studio Libeskind
© Studio Libeskind

The Jerusalem Municipality has approved plans for mixed-use "Pyramid Tower" designed by Studio Libeskind. A collaboration with local architect Yigal Levi, the tapered tower will rise 105-meters in the heart of the city, adjacent to Mahane Yehuda market - commonly known as "The Shuk". Its form, said to reference "Jerusalem’s existing architectural language," is designed to allow maximum light to the public plaza below. A geometric pattern of Jerusalem stone and glass will adorn the facade, while its arched colonnade connects the tower's ground floor shopping arcade to the surrounding open space. 

Academy of Advanced Studies / Chyutin Architects

23:00 - 11 May, 2015
Academy of Advanced Studies / Chyutin Architects, © Ardon Bar-Hama
© Ardon Bar-Hama
  • Architects

  • Location

    Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, ז'בוטינסקי 43, Jerusalem, 9214116, Israel
  • Design Team

    Bracha Chyutin, Michael Chyutin, Jacques Dahan, Ethel Rosenhek, Joseph Perez
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ardon Bar-Hama © Ardon Bar-Hama © Ardon Bar-Hama © Ardon Bar-Hama +29

The Youth Wing for Art Education Entrance Courtyard / Ifat Finkelman + Deborah Warschawski

04:00 - 17 March, 2015
The Youth Wing for Art Education Entrance Courtyard  / Ifat Finkelman + Deborah Warschawski , © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

The Israeli National Library has released images of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the library’s new home in Jerusalem. The six-story building, awarded to the Swiss practice over five others following an extensive interview process conducted last year, will be built by 2019 on a prominent site at the base of the Knesset building and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

More image and information about the new library, after the break.

Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse, Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects
Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects

Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, Israel. The new 40,000 sqm complex, which will contain all court facilities (aside from the supreme court), will act as a “new landmark in Jerusalem," according to Daniel Zarhy and Pedro Peña Jurado of Studio PEZ.

Their winning proposal - "City of Justice" - was praised by the jury for being "alive, interesting, and [...] designed with much attention to detail." By re-interpreting the courthouse typology and dividing the program into different masses, the architects not only avoided a monolithic appearance and achieved a human scale, but also allowed for phase-by-phase project execution, an aspect which was favoured by the jury.

The District Courthouse is a part of a current construction boom in the capital, which includes a new high-rise tower by Daniel Libeskind and the National Library by Herzog & De Meuron. More images, drawings, and the architects' description after the break...

Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects +18

AD Classics: Ramot Polin / Zvi Hecker

01:00 - 18 August, 2013
Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam
Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam

The Ramot Polin neighborhood is a housing project designed by the Polish-born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker, commissioned by the Israeli government in the euphoric aftermath of the Six Day War. The project, which resembles a beehive, is an avant-garde architectural experiment on morphology as well as construction. Since being constructed in the late 1970s, the structure has undergone extensive alteration by its tenants, provoking a debate regarding the capacity of expressive architecture to account for authentic human needs.

By Adam Nathaniel Furman via world-bin.blogspot.com Model via aedesign.wordpress.com Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam By Adam Nathaniel Furman via world-bin.blogspot.com +17

AD Classics: Soreq Nuclear Research Center / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
AD Classics: Soreq Nuclear Research Center / Philip Johnson ,  Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)
Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)

American architect and Prizker Prize winner Philip Johnson - who would have turned 107 today - is well known for his contributions to 20th century architecture, from the modernist Glass House in 1949 to his later infamous post modernist AT&T building in 1984. But did you know that Johnson designed a brutalistic nuclear plant in Israel? More on this monolithic concrete structure after the break...

via www.soreq.gov.il Photo by Arnold Newman, via eng.archinform.net  Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)   Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)  +12

SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem

00:00 - 10 June, 2013
SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem, © SANAA
© SANAA

Today, SANAA (Sejima & Nishizawa and Associates) unveiled plans for a 400,000 square-foot building in Jerusalem that will form a new, interdisciplinary downtown campus for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The competition-winning proposal, designed by the 2010 Pritzker laureates in collaboration with Israel’s Nir -Kutz Architects, features an array of stacked horizontal slabs that react to the area’s topography and surrounding context in order to create a series of outdoor terraced viewing platforms and multi-level interior spaces where students and teachers can meet, study and display their work. 

More on the new SANAA-design downtown campus after the break...

Rafi Segal to Appear in Court Over National Library of Israel

01:00 - 9 June, 2013
Rafi Segal to Appear in Court Over National Library of Israel, Segal's proposal for the National Library of Israel
Segal's proposal for the National Library of Israel

UPDATE: Israeli architect Rafi Segal appears to have abandoned his case to be reinstated as designer of the National Library of . This decision comes after the client announced that it had signed a contract with Pritzker Prize-winning practice Herzog & de Meuron, who was initially chosen in April and triggered Segal’s demand to be reinstated. Now that the Swiss duo has officially signed onto the project, Segal has requested a withdrawal without prejudice. Before the hearing scheduled for September 12, 2013, Segal asked the court to withdraw the case. The court overruled his objections and granted HyperBina a compensation of fees and costs.

Official statement from the National Library Construction Company:

Israel Museum / James Carpenter Design Associates + Efrat Kowalsky Architects

01:00 - 18 May, 2013
Israel Museum / James Carpenter Design Associates + Efrat Kowalsky Architects, © Tim Hursley
© Tim Hursley

© Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley © Tim Hursley +26

Herzog & de Meuron to Design the National Library of Israel

00:00 - 29 April, 2013
Herzog & de Meuron to Design the National Library of Israel, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

After carefully considering six international architecture firms - Ammar Curiel; Frank Gehry; Herzog & de Meuron; Kimmel Eshkolot, Kolker Kolker Epstein and Renzo Piano - an esteemed selection committee has chosen Herzog & de Meuron to design the new National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The result comes after a controversial first attempt that ended in the dismissal of the initial competition winner for alleged copyright infringement.

More information after the break...

Israel National Library Competition Entry / Gil Even-Tsur

01:00 - 27 April, 2013
Israel National Library Competition Entry / Gil Even-Tsur, Courtesy of Gil Even-Tsur
Courtesy of Gil Even-Tsur

Designed by Gil Even-Tsur Architecture Workshop, their concept for the new National Library suggests that the architecture should be critical, strong, but also deferential and contextually responsive. Their intent is to display an almost aesthetic neutrality in terms of its form, assemblies, and materials by providing an architecture that acknowledges this complexity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture
Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building's external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects' description after the break.

Orthodox School in Remle / Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

01:00 - 21 August, 2012
Orthodox School in Remle / Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects, Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz
Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Old City - Remle, Israel
  • Design Team

    Dan Israelevitz, Hila Dinay Israelevitz, Simon Amsis
  • Area

    3750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz

Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz +19

'Second Nature' Natural History Museum / o2a studio

11:00 - 17 July, 2012
Courtesy of o2a studio
Courtesy of o2a studio

Designed by o2a studio, the man-made structure for the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem is designated to celebrate the transcendent force and majesty of nature, which is a contradiction in terms. The paradoxical question that arises when approaching the design of a building that is dedicated as a showcase for the unbuilt, is how does one bridge this conceptual gap between the man-made and the organic – between the artificial and the natural. The proposal aims to highlight this difficulty, while allowing for a composite coexistence between the natural and the artificial – interpreted here as ranging between various degrees of control. More images and architects’ description after the break.