The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is currently under construction on Museum Hill adjacent to the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, the building was inspired by archaeological excavation sites with its earthy palette, a dark canopy covering and an indoor space located below street level.
The campus will cover 107,000 sqm. and will house over two million archaeological objects including coins, glass, textiles, mosaics, pottery, jewelry and 15,000 Dead Sea scrolls. These objects will be displayed in galleries as well as in viewable conservation and restoration centers:
The design also includes an archaeological library, classrooms, and a café. A rooftop garden completes the structure with archaeological reconstructions and mosaics.
The Jerusalem Municipality today approved an expansion plan for the area known as South Nachlaot.
The 120 dunam extension includes an addition of 64,766 sqm. of residential space in the form of 711 new apartments – 237 of which will be small units (of 45 sqm.). The plan also calls for 2,268 sqm. of commercial space and 6,689 sqm. of employment space to be added.
Because the neighborhood is already so dense, the additions will be vertical in nature:
Additional parking, including a 500-car underground lot, will serve the new residential and commercial spaces.
Also part of the plan is a foot bridge to the neighboring Sacher Park.
One of the most compelling aspects of the plan is the overall beautification of the area including everything from more effectively dealing with trash to specifics about stone design. The image below conveys how stark these aesthetic changes can be:
The plan is obviously quite expansive and there are literally hundreds of pages of information about the project available through the municipality. This post is merely an effort to highlight the main components of the plan.
Designed by the Japanese firm SANAA, the 122,000 sqm. campus features a staggered design that eases into the natural topography of the site. The slabs create large amounts of outdoor space and allow for abundant natural light. Interesting, yet unassuming, the new campus will be modern, yet still feel uniquely “Jerusalem.”
The design includes classrooms, studios, two auditoriums, public exhibition galleries, a store, and cafes for both students and visitors. The new grounds will unite the eight departments that are disjointed in the current campus space on Mount Scopus. Municipal proponents of the design – including mayor Nir Barkat – expect that it will create more social and cultural student involvement in the city.
As previously reported, a student dorm that will house 200 Bezalel students is currently under construction.
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The 4,500 sqm. building will feature a visitor center, cafe, TV studio, library, book store, offices, meeting rooms, an auditorium, an amphitheater and a religiously unspecific prayer room. Part of the land will be maintained as a public area.
One of the main intentions of architect Daniela Plesner was for the structure to be completely non-denominational. The building, therefore, will not feature any biblical inspiration or passages – just a “soft space” in Jerusalem.
The IFCJ was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel.