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Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Catches Fire During Notre Dame Blaze

07:26 - 17 April, 2019
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Catches Fire During Notre Dame Blaze, Dome of the Rock . Image Courtesy of Pixabay
Dome of the Rock . Image Courtesy of Pixabay

While French firefighters were putting out the destructive blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral, another holistic site was also up in flames. Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is among the holiest sites in Islam and was built almost 1,300 years ago, was struck by blaze while the monumental Catholic Church was also devastated with fire.

The fire is said to have started in the Al-Marwani Prayer Hall - also known as Solomon's Stables - part of the same compound as Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Fortunately, firemen of the Islamic Waqf department of the city were able to control the fire before any harm was done to the individuals or the other prayer halls. While the cause remains unknown, sources claim that the fire could have been ignited accidentally by children who were near the prayer hall at the time.

Studio Fuksas Designs New International Congress Center for Jerusalem

05:30 - 15 March, 2019
Studio Fuksas Designs New International Congress Center for Jerusalem, International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas
International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Italian practice Studio Fuksas has been selected to build the new International Congress Center of Jerusalem. Sited in the “City Gateway”, the project is part of a larger expansion of the city's central business district. The new Congress Center will be built around the existing Ussishkin Hall Building, which will be redesigned to host international shows and conferences. The expansion will make the Jerusalem ICC the largest conference center in the Middle East.

International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas International Congress Centre. Image Courtesy of Studio Fuksas + 7

SANAA's Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem Set for 2022 Opening

13:00 - 8 February, 2019
SANAA's Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem Set for 2022 Opening, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of SANAA
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of SANAA

SANAA's new campus for the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem is now set for a 2022 opening. Initially proposed in 2013, the new project for Israel’s national school of art broke ground back in 2015. The campus is being built in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem’s City Center. The design will bring together 2,500 students and 500 faculty members as the school moves from the current Mount Scopus Campus. The new campus aims to revitalize the city center and connect to the urban fabric of Jerusalem.

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of SANAA Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of SANAA Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Image Courtesy of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design + 5

Sacher Park Cafe / Yaniv Pardo Architects

01:00 - 4 January, 2019
Sacher Park Cafe / Yaniv Pardo Architects, © Amit Gosher
© Amit Gosher

© Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher © Amit Gosher + 22

The Flat Vault / AAU ANASTAS

02:00 - 3 October, 2018
The Flat Vault / AAU ANASTAS, © Mikaela Burstow
© Mikaela Burstow

© Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jerusalem, Palestine
  • Category

  • Research and Engineering

    Laboratoire GSA - ENSA Paris Malaquais & SCALES
  • Area

    50.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen at Mount Herzl / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

04:00 - 8 March, 2018
The Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen at Mount Herzl / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron + 42

Students Build a Suspended Bamboo Pavilion With 3D Printed Joints

16:00 - 16 December, 2017
Students Build a Suspended Bamboo Pavilion With 3D Printed Joints, © Barak Pelman
© Barak Pelman

The Academy Bezalel students' bamboo project, in Jerusalem, is a proposal that approaches the construction in real scale and the experimentation with materials as an important driving force of architectural design.

The project, a suspended bamboo pavilion, can be reused with different configurations in different places with its joints made up of ropes and 3D printed pieces.

© Barak Pelman © Yifat Zailer © Yifat Zailer © Yifat Zailer + 20

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Students Build Temporary Pavilion in Jerusalem

08:00 - 17 September, 2016
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Students Build Temporary Pavilion in Jerusalem, Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

At a vibrant intersection in downtown Jerusalem, The Architecture Department at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Israel Festival Jerusalem and EDEN—the Jerusalem development authority—created a temporary structure for the Israel Festival, which ran from the end of May to mid June of this year.

Located in Zion Square parallel to the tramway line, the pavilion creates a space to host art programs including lectures, concerts, dance performances, video screenings, and theater productions. The structure beautifully frames a dialogue between the urban routine and cultural experiences, giving users a new understanding of the Israel Festival, and of the potential of the spaces within their city.

Image © Yifat Zailer, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Yifat Zailer, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem + 24

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

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

  • Design Team

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

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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