Please click here to continue without javascript.. Preston Scott CohenTel Aviv, Israel Seen from the flat plaza that wraps around it on two sides, Preston Scott Cohen's radical addition to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art strikes a geometrically independent pose. $(document).on('epub.afterMenu', function () { Address Shaul HaMelech 27 Tel Aviv Israel Upcoming Events. // End epub.afterMenu callback Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled. The plaza beyond the building, which Cohen redesigned as a hard, abstract plane, would benefit, too, from some shaded areas and places to sit. Spiraling around a dramatic 87-foot-high atrium that the architect calls the Lightfall, the building takes visitors through a series of spatial experiences that are complex at its center and simpler at its perimeter. Beautifully constructed of poured-in-place concrete with long slashes cut out to bring light and views through it, the Lightfall asserts its own identity as a freestanding structure within the museum. If you enter the Amir Building from the plaza, though, you discover a different kind of museum—one dedicated to changing exhibitions, as well as photography, architecture, and design. Located in the center of the city's cultural complex, the program for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building posed an extraordinary architectural challenge: to resolve the tension between the tight, idiosyncratic triangular site and the museum's need for a series of large, neutral rectangular galleries. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); In 2003, UNESCO declared it a World Cultural Heritage site. Tucked into the northwest corner of the addition, the library is the only space with columns and one of the few with generous glazing. May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations. No matter your route, moving through the new building is an architectural dance between neutral, orthogonal galleries and the ever-changing geometry of the Lightfall. From the plaza, visitors enter the $55 million addition through doors tucked into its folded form. (See sidebar, A Spiraling and Twisting Core). Long rectangular cuts in the Lightfall offer views through the central void and into galleries on the opposite side. 79) structure. The Museum focuses on modern and contemporary art, both Israeli and international, operates in the heart of the busy metropolis and gives its visitors a … Although the Lightfall holds itself up, it does not support any other part of the building. Like those 20th-century buildings, Cohen's 195,000-square-foot museum addition expresses a faith in the latest technology. Opened in 1971, it proved to be a good example of how Israeli architects adapted the Brutalist style to the Mediterranean climate. Felt is a sophisticated material with far-reaching applications that’s also sought after for its aesthetic merit. “The Lightfall is both an autonomous element within the building and the piece that joins everything else,” says Cohen, who used sophisticated computer software to help shape the complex (continued on pg. Architectural expansion joints are necessary, predetermined gaps in large structures that are designed to absorb environmental movement in buildings. TEL AVIV, 13 April 2011 — The Tel Aviv Museum of Art announced today that it will celebrate the public opening of its £33.7 million Herta and Paul Amir Building on 2 November 2011. That’s why fashion designers and furniture makers have relied on it to create stunning showpieces. Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Gross square footage: 195,000 square feet, Architect: Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. 179 Sidney Street, 1st floor Cambridge, MA 02139 tel: 617-441-2110 fax: 617-441-2113, Preston Scott Cohen, Principal in charge of design Amit Nemlich, Project Architect and Architect of Record Tobias Nolte, Bohsung Kong, project team; Steven Christensen, Guy Re Moor, project assistants Cameron Wu, Andrew Saunders, Janny Baek, competition team, Engineers: YSS Consulting Engineers Ltd., Dani Shacham (structural); M. Doron - I. Shahar Consulting Eng. The building represents an unusual synthesis of two opposing paradigms for the contemporary museum: the museum of neutral white boxes and the museum of architectural spectacle. Planning for a new building began in 1963 when the museum's collections of modern and contemporary art began to outgrow the premises. From there, you follow a path along the perimeter of the building to a series of large galleries exhibiting the museum's acclaimed collection of 20th-century and contemporary Israeli art. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Seen from the flat plaza that wraps around it on two sides, Preston Scott Cohen's radical addition to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art strikes a geometrically independent pose. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. I want to hear from you. The building is composed according to multiple axes that deviate significantly from floor to floor. (See sidebar, A Folded and Faceted Facade), Even the building's location is set within something else—an interior site with no frontage on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, the main street leading to the Tel Aviv Museum. Construction Photographs: Ohad Matalon, Courtesy Tel Aviv Museum of ArtExisting museum photo: Courtesy Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.Aerial view montage: Courtesy Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. Steel structure: Minrav Steel  Pre-cast concrete panels: Danya-Minrav     Curtain walls, glazing and skylights: custom by Chaskelevitch Engineering and R.B.R Technologies, Stone flooring: Jerusalem Gardens Stone Works. Visitors can enter the new building two different ways: through a glass-enclosed connector from the main building or from the plaza. History. The new addition (seen as a rendered image in the photographic collage) stands across a small sculpture garden from the existing museum. This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. And like much traditional Mediterranean architecture, it hides an intriguing core within a cool, white exterior. Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps. While the resulting rooms do provide flexible spaces for many kinds of exhibitions, the larger ones—such as the 9,000-square-foot temporary gallery on the lowest level—come across as cold and distant settings for art. In its construction, too, the project started from the inside, with precast-concrete panels manufactured on-site in an area that is now a gallery. Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a municipal museum, one of Israel's leading artistic and cultural institutions. But this angled and faceted block dressed in precast concrete actually connects with its context much more than it disrupts, continuing a legacy of innovative architecture that has made Tel Aviv a Bauhaus mecca since the 1920s. // Call epub.afterMenu callback She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State. Other museums have found ways of filtering daylight to protect art while using the light to animate gallery spaces. On the west, Cohen lightened the composition by inserting clear and translucent glazing that brings light and views into the museum store. All Rights Reserved BNP Media. Cohen had wanted to continue the hyperbolic paraboloids found in the Lightfall on the building's facades, but this proved to be too expensive. Visitors discover the addition only by turning left after walking through the entry plaza. While the museum's 1971 Brutalist-style main building (designed by Dan Eytan and Yitzchak Yashar) addresses Shaul Hamelech from across an entry plaza, Cohen's adjacent building sits behind a public library and a performing arts complex. Sponsored Content is a special paid section where industry companies provide high quality, objective, non-commercial content around topics of interest to the Architectural Record audience. 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