Our competition entry for the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design campus is a bold and dynamic architectural response that provides a recognisable landmark for an institution renowned for innovation. Arriving here will be a singular experience, with the entrances and public spaces visible through a fractured ground plane. The project draws inspiration from the massive stone outcrops that break through Jerusalem's carpet of city streets and squares. A protected view corridor is the generator of the form.
Acting as a powerful force of nature, it drives through the mass of stone, splitting and deforming it. The resulting shear stone walls of Jerusalem limestone, made up of openings and fissures, define the open space. The stone resembles the excavated face of a quarry. Entrances, studios and workshops appear hewn from the massive landform. Internal spaces flow seamlessly through to the outside. Fissures allow light to penetrate deep into the structure
Glazed openings appear as mineral seams that sparkle and illuminate the rough-hewn shapes. Programmed spaces are clearly organised. Public and communal areas are arranged around the ground and plaza levels. The main entrance penetrates the plaza to the principal public space, and both buildings can be reached from here, with individual departments arranged on the upper levels enjoying views across the city.
36,500 sqm / 392,883 ft