The National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel currently stands in Givat Ram. It is difficult to access, has an uninteresting design and its existence is probably unknown to most Israelis. There are likely just some of the considerations that came into play when deciding to construct a new National Library building.

With a prime location across from the Knesset, the new plan by Herzog & de Muron commands attention with its strong sculptural design. The design spans 34,000 sqm. and six storeys – four of which will be underground. The building will feature the main library, labs, offices, classrooms, a multipurpose hall, an archive and a visitor’s center. Once completed, it will be home to the largest collection of Jewish artifacts from Israel and abroad.

The original plan for the structure was conceived by Rafi Segal, but he was ousted after a dispute about terms of the design competition.

Construction is slated to begin in 2016, with a completion date sometime in 2019.

 

The National Library of Israel