The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Amit Geron
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Europanel, Flotex carpet tiles, HPL cladding, Hook, Hunter Douglas, Travertine
  • Structural Engineering:S.Ben-Abraham Engineering
  • Construction Manager:E.D. Rahat Engineering Coordination and Management Ltd. Eliezer Rahat, Daniel Rahat
  • Contractors:Rom-Geves, Shitufit
  • Landscape Architecture:Braudo Maoz
  • Lighting Design:Shiri Ziv
  • Client:Tel Aviv University
  • City:Tel Aviv-Yafo
  • Country:Israel
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Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has unveiled The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University, the first museum of it's kind in Tel Aviv. The Museum houses the spectacular and vast natural history collections of the University and will now serve as a center for academic research for its natural sciences staff. 

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The 10,000 square-meters building is environmentally-friendly and housed within a striking architectural structure composed of a wooden-panel shell. The wooden "treasure box," is thermally insulated to afford complete climate control of the interiors. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will become an integral part of the city's cultural offerings and Tel Aviv University's campus, connecting its academic buildings with the botanical and zoological gardens behind. 

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© Amit Geron
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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© Amit Geron

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History stands at the entrance to the Botanical Gardens of Tel Aviv University and creates a new entryway for visitors to tour the gardens in addition to the exhibitions. Floating above ground, the Museum's entrance plaza and gathering lawn allow a seamless view of the gardens from the street level. Kimmel Eshkolot Architects designed The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History to maximize the spatial restrictions of the designated plot and implement an interior architectural scheme to create exhibition spaces throughout. Below ground, the firm created an additional 14,000 square-meters of parking space for museum visitors, Tel Aviv University staff and students.

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© Amit Geron

The Museum's exhibitions start within display structures along the ramps leading up from the main atrium. These daylight exposed spaces lead into darker and larger designated exhibition areas. The ramps are wide and with minimal slope, allowing visitors, including those with disabilities, to walk up to the "treasure box," while experiencing the different spaces of the building. The visit ends on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the botanical gardens, from which visitors can go directly down to a public square and enter the gardens. 

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© Amit Geron
Second floor plan
Second floor plan
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© Amit Geron

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History combines both exhibition spaces and research activities within a modern edifice wrapped with an insulated wooden shell. Above the main interior exhibition space on the building's upper levels, lies the research laboratories for Tel Aviv University's staff. The researchers have access to the Museum's entire collections and have independent dedicated circulation and entrance paths. Via the internal ramps and hallways, both visitors and researchers will be visually exposed to one another in a series of choreographed encounters through designed architectural structures and glass windows.

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Cite: "The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects" 13 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/901831/the-steinhardt-museum-of-natural-history-kimmel-eshkolot-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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以色列斯坦哈特文化学院·自然历史博物馆 / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

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